The Thorny World of Online Comments

The Thorny World of Online Comments - On The Media

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BOB GARFIELD:

We’re only about 15 years into this whole comment ecosystem. It strikes me that it hasn’t changed a whole lot.

REBECCA ROSEN:

That’s right. I think this has been one of the neglected problems of the Internet for two reasons. One is that having a wide- ranging conversation among large groups of people is not an easy thing to do. I haven’t really seen it work well off the Internet, and I’ve only seen it work well on the Internet in a few instances.

And the second thing is I think that for a lot of places creating good comment sections has just not been a priority for their developers. Building better content and promoting that content have really been the priorities of magazines, newspapers, other websites.

(OnTheMedia)

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