If I Had My Way
To: Glenn Greenwald - GGreenwald@salon.com
Cc: Paul Krugman - (Address unknown, please forward)
Cc: Doc Searls - email@example.com
Cc: Dave Winer - firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Subject: My Way V - Speaking of Comments...
Last Friday, the 25th of March, Megan Garber posted a report entitled, "Journal Register's open advisory Meeting" that included the following:
The commenting conundrum
First, and foremost, we need to correct the thinking of Jeff Jarvis and his followers, to wit:
"Every community is going to have bozos," Jarvis noted. "The Internetís just a community; so itís going to have bozos."
The Declaration of Independence states:
"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these rights are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Please explain, to me, how a person like Jeff Jarvis has become a well known leader (and teacher) in the Journalism community.
Ultimately, though, no oneís "figured out" how to do comments; and thatís partially because each community is different when it comes to the kinds of conversations it wants to conduct and convene online.
And that is pure BS -- the answer lies in treating comments with the same tender care that you treat the original post -- no more, no less. In short, re-program the Personal Computer AND the Internet.
To be continued (I really, really do hope)
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)
Development of a better system is hindered by some of the problems we refuse to recognize and correct.
Thanks for your time,
Doug Skoglund - firstname.lastname@example.org