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  • #286904

    lifeontwowheels
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    Walker wrote >>
    Aren’t newspapers written for a fourth-grade reading level?
    It really shouldn’t be too surprising then that a newspaper’s comment section is filled with discussion at a fourth-grade level.
    Personally, I try to avoid clicking on the comments on The Dispatch news. But the few occasions where I do just makes me love all of you CU regulars THAT much more. :D

    The difference is largely the anonymity. If we didn’t have those wonderful CU meet ups, I think you would see a lot more of it-as sad as that reality is.

    #286905
    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami
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    The difference is largely the anonymity. If we didn’t have those wonderful CU meet ups, I think you would see a lot more of it-as sad as that reality is.

    That makes sense, but I don’t think that actually makes the difference. The rudest, cruelest forum I was ever on was one where 90% of the people knew each other in rl. Meanwhile, the most civil, thought-provoking forum I belong to is largely composed of people who are complete strangers to one another in real life.

    #286906
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    I really try to avoid clicking on the Comments sections because everytime I do, I get pissed to no end. I too find it cowardly that people have to hide behind an anonymous computer screen while spewing out comments for which they have absolutely no argument for. Their sole purpose is to piss people off. Plus, they can always dish it, but they can never take it.

    I do, however, feel the need to make comments, if only to defend myself, when people start bashing issues like “keeping the Blue Jackets in town” (that one REALLY pissed me off) or especially anything about living downtown or urban development. I don’t like the burbs. They don’t make sense to me but I also don’t go off on some rant calling the person a weirdo or an idiot for living where they do. I don’t know, that’s just one of many examples. I’ve just come to the conlusion that there must be some real idiots out there. It saddens me to know that people like this live in our city.

    #286907

    CMH Gourmand
    Participant

    When the Taco Trucks article was in the Dispatch a while back – I had the same reaction to the comments posted about truck owners and etc. on the Dispatch online version. “Who are these people and do they live in “my city”. The answer is they do.

    There is some CU stuff that imagine that the Dispatch comment makers would say the same – “who are these public transportation lovin’, Dirty Franks eating, socialist elitists?” Many of us seem to live in the High Street strip from German Village to South Clintonville. Sometimes I have the sense that “our” city is not what we think it is.

    #286908

    WDT
    Member

    jpizzow wrote >> I’ve just come to the conlusion that there must be some real idiots out there. It saddens me to know that people like this live in our city.

    Awww… they don’t just live in our city dear, they are everywhere…

    #286909

    Bear
    Participant

    Core_Models wrote >>
    Try to bear in mind that most of these people are posting this shit to accomplish two things:
    1. get attention from anonymous strangers, even if it is negative, which is sad on so many levels I can’t even count.
    2. vent their frustrations at life in general, because they are two cowardly to vent it to people face to face.
    They may have found a place to post their “voice”, but as loud as it seems, just remember that it is the same dozen pinheads doing it…not some large segment of Columbus’ population.

    Hey now.

    #286910

    dubdave00
    Participant

    A lot of it has to do with “niche” versus “mass” media sites. Generally, the more crappy the comments, the bigger audience and reach the site has. However, I’ve been to a few niche sites that specialize in uneducated crazies, political, or religious extremes, that read just as bad.

    YouTube has the worst comments in my opinion. I’ve stopped reading them.

    Getting back to the Dispatch… This is why they held out on comments for so long. There used to be a local media forum called Columbus Media Talk where people would use racial slurs to describe TV air talent, associate everything with some political agenda, and claim they planned to rape certain local celebrities.

    Yea… Between that site and the majority of calls these companies (like the Dispatch) get on a daily basis, I can see why they were a little scared into providing public comments. That and the fear that they’d be held responsible (legally) for other people’s comments.

    #286911

    berdawn
    Member

    I don’t think that I live in SF or some enlightened bastion; I was surprised at how venomous a LOT of people seem to be about so many things.

    I may (or maybe not) want to spend some time learning what the “magical negro” theory is (I thought it was film contrivance: edit…it appears to be, although there is a nice article about the christ-like aspects. wonder how many of these folks are “wacky” fundies) because it appears that there are a large number of my neighbors who think that the President touches just about every aspect of their lives. I hated Bush, Jr but I didn’t blame him when the power went off last summer (fuck, maybe I did…damn you, Cheney energy plan!)

    #286912

    berdawn
    Member

    TaraK wrote >>
    I learned from teaching an online class that some people lose all ability to empathize when they go online. Or, I don’t know, maybe they don’t have them to begin with. We were covering Oryx & Crake, a post-apocalyptic piece where one man, Jimmy, is left as the sole survivor of the human race. Obviously, he’s depressed. Students would make comments like, “Why doesn’t he just perk up? He should shave and bathe in the morning.” And we read a book where a character was gang-raped and students commented that maybe she’d been dressed slutty or should have drank A beer.
    Those aren’t real people, of course, but I think people completely detach online. Also, nut cases love the platform where they can flaunt their goodness. I don’t think this represents the people around you.

    It seems that teaching a course like that online would really hard! Even stuff that doesn’t have a lot of subtlety like basic math would be difficult to gauge who was “getting” it without seeing students’ expression.

    #286913

    Hael
    Member

    Bear wrote >>

    Core_Models wrote >>
    Try to bear in mind that most of these people are posting this shit to accomplish two things:
    1. get attention from anonymous strangers, even if it is negative, which is sad on so many levels I can’t even count.
    2. vent their frustrations at life in general, because they are two cowardly to vent it to people face to face.
    They may have found a place to post their “voice”, but as loud as it seems, just remember that it is the same dozen pinheads doing it…not some large segment of Columbus’ population.

    Hey now.

    /snicker

    #286914

    nexttuesday
    Participant

    I love the option at the bottom of the comments thread “Let me know when this thread is updated”– yeah right!

    I agree with Walker. 4th grade reading=4th grade mentality

    Youtube comments are terrible. My friend posted a video of pandas at the Atlanta Zoo and used a description to bait people into commenting. It’s really funny, and people just keep commenting the same things even 2 or 3 years later.

    #286915

    Matthew
    Participant

    Wow the Panda thing really raised some hackles. Too funny.

    #286916

    Cookie
    Member

    Matthew wrote >>
    Wow the Panda thing really raised some hackles. Too funny.

    Heh.

    you no wat y the hell would you put that on there i hope that mother panda sees your ass and will want to eat you and i will be more tha happy to put that on youtube you ass hole you must have no life to put that on there and any way that was a hug not an eating you ass hole

    #286917

    Cookie
    Member

    Those panda comments are really making me miss sigs.

    If She Ate It, It Wouldn’t Be There At The End Dicks..

    #286918

    Bear
    Participant

    I am absolutely using those panda comments the next time somebody tells me how great Gladwell’s The Wisdom of Crowds is.

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