The Agony and Ecstasy of Online Comments
Wednesday on RadioWest, we're talking about the value of online comments. Some see listener or reader comments as the great democratizer of journalism. Others feel more like Bob Garfield of NPR's "On the Media" who calls them "frustrating, maddening and extremely discouraging." Appropriately enough, we're hoping to hear from you: do you read online comments? Do you throw your opinion in the mix? Do you learn something when you read the comment section or are you spoiling for a fight?
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.