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Have comments section of online Newspapers failed - should you Debate Online instead?

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agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
if you scroll through comment sections of many newspapers you you may find great value to engage, or be appalled by spam and low quality discussions.  In fact many media companies have disabled comments sections, and some like NY Times, provide a moderated comments experience.
There is an interesting debate on this topic athttp://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/04/18/have-comment-sections-on-news-media-websites-failed/get-rid-of-comment-sections

4 debaters presented their opinion in the opinion pages. Which one do you agree with the most, or a 5th option of using DebateIsland instead to debate news.
  1. ?

    5 votes
    1. Get Rid of Comment Sections
        0.00%
    2. Reader Engagement Matters, Whether It’s on Social or in a Comment Section
      60.00%
    3. Anonymity May Have Killed Online Commenting
        0.00%
    4. Despite Flaws, Comments Are Good for Public Discourse
        0.00%
    5. use online debate sites, like DebateIsland.com instead
      40.00%
Live Long and Prosper

Status: Open Debate


Arguments

  • Reader engagement does matter. Although, Debateisland.com is the best option.
  • CYDdhartaCYDdharta 341 PtsPremium Member
    Premium Member
    Comments sections aren't for debates, they're for comments.  Debate is a discussion, not just a comment.  It's difficult to do that in a newspaper comments section.  That said, I don't believe the crackdown in papers like the NYT has as much to do with the comments that are being made as in trying to control content and catering only to their audience's point of view. 
  • agsragsr 601 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    CYDdharta,
    i agree with you.  Given enormous amount of lengthy user comments in popular newspapers, people don't seem to target the right channel to voice their opinions. They should go to debate sites instead.
    Live Long and Prosper
  • That's a great pointCYDharta and agsr. I completely agree.
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