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Online forum spoiled by insults and vulgarity

Post  Betep on Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:22 pm

Online forum spoiled by insults and vulgarity

The Cape Cod Times provides a valuable community service by offering readers an opportunity to express their opinions on its editorial pages. Additionally, the Times offers a digital forum for comments on readers’ letters and guest columns.

Guidelines for letters to the editor state, “Avoid generalizations, gratuitous insults and personal gripes.” Unfortunately, the Times does not enforce similar journalistic standards in the digital space, which is inhabited by trolls who regularly insult others.

Examples appear in the digital comments on a Feb. 11 letter titled “Elon Musk gets a pass from Trump’s contempt.” When a courteous reader called out Troll A for referring to “welfare cheating African savages” in a hateful response to the letter, Troll B advised the concerned reader, “Check yourself into a mental health facility.” Displaying a pattern, the next day he used the digital forum to insult the author of a letter about coastal oil drilling, remarking, “What a di@k.”Unless the Times raises its standards for digital comments and enforces them, this space will remain rife with insults and vulgarity. The crude content and ad hominem attacks discourage serious readers from reviewing the comments and trying to engage in civil discourse.

Ronald A. Gabel

Yarmouth Port
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