The Science of Journalism
If I Had My Way
To: Margaret Sullivan - email@example.com
Cc: Dan Froomkin - firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: 10 Sep 2014 08:00 am CDT
Subject: 2014027 - With all due Respect...
Soooooo -- where does one go to learn and engage in respectful intellectual discourse?? The key word is "respectful" -- pretty hard these days -- what with the Internet being monopolized for the benefit of the rich.
In a cooperative society (AKA: Democracy), the citizens are expected to understand their differences so that they can go to the poles periodically to determine the course of future action.
The Times makes a big and expensive commitment to civil discourse by having its comments moderated by human beings. Usually, it works well; reader comments often add a great deal to the discussion, and no one wants to reduce them to the blandness of pablum. Provocative, edgy comments are important to include. But basic civility matters, too.
To begin -- comments moderated by human beings under the control of the Times is NOT respectful. Comments have been developed to control discourse -- not enhance it. Honest, open discourse must occur between equals, where it is up to the participants to moderate their behavior to meet the goals of the group.
Most writers hide their Email address and those that don't hide don't respond -- so what's the point. Develop a seminar type system where the participants learn how to participate respectfully.
If you really believed in "civil discourse," you would work toward a far more respectful format.
Frank Bruni wrote:
Like the smattering of other Americans who still pay close attention to the wearying spectacle of our country's politics, I worry about what will happen on Nov. 4, the day of the midterm elections.
The Internet was designed for two-way communication -- and we have turned it into another one-way (down)(note that up and down are NOT equal) to broadcast to the masses.
With all due respect, dear lady, you are in the business of "controlling the people" -- and that is what you do, for the benefit of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.
The people will win, eventually -- it's your choice, dear lady -- it's now or ...... when??
To be continued (I really hope)
Doug Skoglund firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).
BTW, I am working on a replacement system.
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