And here's word from another former student, posing a good question via my inbox:
Not sure if this is worth a discussion in comm 40 or not, but these reader comments are really out of control on our Web site. (And others' sites.) Take, for example, our story on the New York Times reporter being freed in Afghanistan:Or is it just another sign that the ease of the internet has given everyone -- especially the ranters -- a soapbox? When it comes to the internet, we have no choice but to take the good with the bad. It's just more work wading through.
One of the "most-recommended" posts, determined by readers, was:
"100 reporters aren't worth the life of one brave soldier."
Sickening. Maybe 100 reporters covering the awful conditions at ? Of course, there were the typical "I hate NYT" tripe. I'm sure none of them has read the paper, though. Is this a sign of our citizenry becoming more militaristic/fascist, less educated, or maybe both?
I am reminded of a quote by writer Alberto Manguel, who once said, "A library that has everything becomes a library that has anything."