Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Another reason to hate newspaper comment sections

From CommonWealth magazine via Media Nation:

Former Boston Globe reporter Tom Palmer, who covered development for many years before switching sides and becoming a communications consultant, is urging his clients to bombard the Globe’s online-comments system.

Another former Globe reporter, CommonWealth Magazine editor Bruce Mohl, has obtained an e-mail from Palmer in which he urges residents of Harbor Towers to comment early and often in their opposition to plans by developer Don Chiofaro to build a skyscraper next to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Palmer writes:

"[Newspapers] don’t like it, and some of them are even considering getting rid of the “comment” feature because it clearly weakens their power. But for now we may comment and comment and comment — just as Don’s supporters do."

Tink Inc. thinks it would be more accurate to say comments fill the paper with useless, crude crazyrants. Read them. You'll be shocked at what people when they can hide behind anonymity.

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