“Using Sidenotes, publishers and readers can generate thoughtful reactions to any type of online content from articles to lyrics to live updates and more. Whether inspired or curious for more information, a reader can Sidenote any part of an article—a paragraph, a sentence, a quote, or an image.” Comments on these individual "social objects" will be placed right alongside stories instead of way down below them (congratulations), but will be hidden by default (oh, hahaha). Of course nobody asked for this, or else it wouldn't be an innovation.
"I can't believe I am the loser who wasted time reading this story," writes 'Skane'. "Then wasted more time writing this comment." The story in question is this but this is one of those cases where, out of the keyboards of commenters comes a wisdom that can be applied on an almost universal basis: We are all wasting time reading stories, and some of us are even squandering more of our lives in the futile act of expressing our opinions about our improvident behavior. You [...]
When you publish a poem like "Rape Joke," you take it for granted that two things will happen. One: that people will share their own stories with you, which is wonderful; and two: that people will barf all over their keyboards at you, which is interesting. Here is a selection of the most notable barfs I encountered in the wake of the poem's appearance.
• Another FAIL for the moral butthurt brigade.
• Please stop calling this a "poem."
• Should we also ban all 'man walks into bar' jokes because of sensitivity about alcoholism?
• When I backpack through northern Washington or [...]
"Internet comments have long been a conundrum. Like communism, they’re great on paper but not so much in practice. Done right, publishing comments can drive discussion and increase reader engagement. But more often than not, publishers have seen their comment sections devolve into a free-for-all in which decorum and even social norms are tossed aside in the name of some grievance, real or perceived. That’s why a small but growing number of publishers are turning their backs on the entire notion of Internet comments." —Quick question: How do you feel about Internet comments? Do you still leave them? Do you even read [...]
The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic. SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.
They now spend their lives on the run, Google nipping at their heels. Their biggest project? Removing all the spam links on websites like this one—the spam links that they put there.
In early 2011, Google issued an update to its search algorithm—they called it "Panda"—that elevated social media and news sites. Sites both big and small, usually spammy and sometimes not, saw [...]
Col Allan and his friends at the New York Post despise America and also human life, as evidenced by the comments on this story about the mysterious death of a New Yorker, who was class of '05 at NYU. Why Rupert Murdoch would want to host this kind of vulgarity on the Internet, which could easily be prevented with about $38,000 a year in the form of a comments moderator staff position, is pretty unfathomable, particularly when the paper considers itself a moral crusader. I mean, even the Gawker comments are sort of respectful and empathetic! What a world.
I have one spiritual ritual in my life: every morning I check the Los Angeles Times' Homicide Report blog to learn who was killed in Los Angeles County while I slept.1
The Homicide Report addresses two questions every newspaper covering a major metropolis should answer: who was killed last night, and why? But most newspapers don’t do this because the logic of most newsrooms is that not all murders are sexy, grisly, or surprising enough to be written about. The Homicide Report operates on the inverse principal: Every murder gets a story because murder is inherently worthy of our attention.2
The Homicide report is anchored by a [...]
You will never in a million years guess what the downside of Web 2.0 was.
Most every day, I could spend all my days reporting offensive comments on the New York Post website. This is, in a way, mildly amusing, because the Post likes to think of itself as the institution that represents New York's moral rectitude. It's the great finger-wagger. Yet its comment sections are among the most foul, revolting, repressive, juvenile and vulgar places on the whole Internet. That is really saying something! The only place worse on the Internet today is the comments sections of the fellow populist scold, the Daily News. Today brings news of the in-home murder of a 29-year-old transgender woman, who was also robbed. The comments include: [...]