Letter: Detoxify the website, please
I very rarely agree with Jeff Jacoby, the Boston Globe’s “house conservative” columnist, but his Jan. 1 column is thought-provoking. I especially agree with his final point.
I rarely comment online on stories in the Concord Monitor because the anonymous posters are so tedious. Here’s Jacoby’s take:
“Why do media outlets tolerate the pollution of their websites with poisonous comments from anonymous posters? Feedback from readers is a fine thing, and a rollicking comment section can greatly enrich the experience of following the news. But editors enforce standards of taste and tone when they publish letters to the editor. They should be similarly concerned about the taste and tone of the comment forums they provide. As public discourse grows ever more bitter, here, at least, is one way that news sites can refuse to enable the ugliness.”