Where We Live: Online Civility
Discourse's wild west
We used to discuss the news around the water cooler, at the barbershop and sometimes at dinner. Now, we can get right online and tell people how we REALLY feel...
Is there anyplace more cringe-worthy than the “comments section” of a news website?
The intentions were good: providing readers with a place to discuss the stories.
But all too frequently there’s name-calling and hateful comments, all disguised by anonymous “handles.”
Some organizations have revamped their commenting policies with varying degrees of success.
Today, we’ll have a conversation about online conversations and the limits of “free speech.”
We’ll talk with one columnist who thinks hyper-local sites are eliminating anonymity.
Do you comment on articles online? Do you do it anonymously? Would you be willing to contribute your views if your name was attached to it?