The Agony and Ecstasy of Online Comments

Nov 13, 2012

Wednesday , we're talking about the comment sections at the end of online articles or posts. Comments can be insightful or hateful and there are those like the writer Jack Hitt who see them as a democratizer for a new era of journalism. Others feel more like Bob Garfield of NPR's "On the Media." Philosophically he is a huge believer, but as a practical matter, he says "I hate them more than mere words can describe." (Rebroadcast)

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Bob Garfield is co-host of NPR's On the Media and a columnist for both MediaPost and The Guardian.

Bill Reader is an Associate Professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University who has written extensively on various forms of audience feedback.

Jack Hitt is the author of the book Bunch of Amateurs and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine. He also is an occasional contributor to the public radio program This American Life.


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