Two weeks ago I covered a heated panel discussion about the comments on The Times-Picayune’s website.
“The nastiness,” in the comments on those stories, writes Jim Angus, the paper’s editor, “is too much.”
“We’re not the only newspaper struggling with the issue” Angus writes. “Papers around the country are assessing comments and implementing or looking for ways to make conversations on their websites more civil.”
It’s one way of tackling the issue. Although I think these issues are important, and would favor getting people to have their identity verified in order to comment. It should be about accountability, not closing down difficult discussions.