Friday Aside: A Return to the Cesspool as the San Bernardino Sun Adopts Disqus Comment System
August 16, 2013 Leave a comment
I recently saw this on a news-aggregating website that involves people who comment on news, and other items, using anonymous handles:
Google and Amazon wanting to make me use my real name for everything means I never post reviews of anything anywhere. Same with newspaper sites requiring you to log in to Facebook and post comments under your real name.
If you take away the anonymity of the Internet you take a way a lot of what makes the Internet great. I can’t believe that anyone actually posts anything anywhere that doesn’t allow you to use a username.
I don’t often give the Sun enough credit for anything, whether it is in cutting costs by having their reporters double as photographers or by combining multiple beats into one large beat. However, they deserve credit in that their comments have improved by taking away the anonymity that existed in the old system and replacing it with (for the most part) Facebook (which still has some fake profiles and alts), although Yahoo appears to allow anonymity. There is less overt bigotry in the comment sections, which is a vast improvement. . . .
The PE, on the other hand, still allows anonymous trolls, and their discourse is much lower. Of course, some of the partisans battling on the Sun don’t let the lack of anonymity get in the way of their views. As discourse has been lessened amongst public officials, so too has the discourse of their hyperpartisan followers. So, say what you want about the Sun’s level of journalism; at least they have cut down on anonymous trolls. The PE would be well served, just this one time, in copying LANG on this issue.