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depressing reading: the comments section on news sites

 
 
Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 02:47 pm
Finding comments depressing can depend on my or your own views. Sometimes they are depressing because of the inanity level, aside from content I agree or disagree with, but I usually take that with a grain of salt, even amusement.

This is a slide show with captions that I saw today, and read the comments about, starting from the first chronologically, that is, from the last page at the bottom. I ended up really bummed, while other a2kers might appreciate the majority of posted comments..

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/09/AR2010080901392.html

I think a2k people get pretty strident sometimes, myself included, but this woke me up to a whole new level..

Alternately, after some articles, for example, in the NYTimes, on travel or food instead of anything political, I end up learning more from the comments than from the articles themselves.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 02:59 pm
I agree and I get even more depressed when I read comments attached to my local papers. I sometimes think the nutjobs expressing these bigoted, selfish, and ignorant thoughts could be one of my neighbors. Scary.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 03:08 pm
@ossobuco,
I do get a sense of aloneness when reading lots of comments that are diametrically opposed to my point of view. The reason for this is a basic part of my makeup in that I don't like rejection. My wife says that I'm overly sensitive to it, and while that may be true, it's still a part of my makeup that produces strong emotions.

The net has changed me, and probably others too, because more so than the experts on a review of a food dish, or a product, the comments of people who've had real world experience out weights the experts comments. I make purchasing decisions based upon the number of reviews and the percentage of favorable reports. My wife uses allrecipes.com all the time, and selects dishes based upon comments.

http://arundathi-foodblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/nutella-brownies.html
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 03:39 pm
@Pronounce,
Dammit, now that's one of my flogs (my word for food blogs). Thanks, pronounce.

The comments in the thread post got me because of what I take to be a sea of inchoate anger. On the other hand, I didn't always, every time, cringe at anti Bush commentary, but to be fair to myself, I sometimes did.

I admit I don't usually look at comments on political stuff in the NYT; I should check them out. I can be interested in, and occasionally learn by reading well written comments against my point of view.
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Reply Mon 9 Aug, 2010 04:41 pm
@ossobuco,
I too like to read well written and thoughtful comments in opposition to my point of view.

'Cause, you know, being right all the time is so dreary.

I grew up in a fundamentalist, Christian community, because that is my Mom's view, and I always had this niggling suspicion that the arguments presented for truth were empty rhetoric. So as a way to understand Truth I began reading anti-Christian and material. (Plus I have to give credit to my thoughtful and outspoken neo-pagan coworker for some of my inquiry.) Knowing that there were honest, loving, concerned, sincere people who didn't share my views helped me to not be so antagonistic.

That said, I do realize I'm a perceived threat to some people and because of this they will feel the urge to attack me. That just comes with the territory for anyone who dares to divine the truth for themselves.
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