Blog posts are a thing of wonder. One can write what they please, post it, and readers can leave comments on their perspective/opinions. I’m not one of those. Truthfully, after reading a post, I’ll piece together an opinion and leave it in my head. Some people, however, choose to voice that opinion. The wonders of blog posts.
The Huffington Post’s Comment Policy (here), requires an account with the site. Moderators, a team of staff and community, patrol the site in order to keep the blogs a civil and enjoyable place to be. Everyone is welcome, but many comments are pre-moderated and it is encouraged to be yourself and not pretend to be someone else. There are also ways to “favorite” comments, follow other bloggers, and flag abusive or inappropriate comments to further help the site with moderating. These rules and regulations definitely influence the nature of the bloggers who comment and it can be clearly seen by the content and intelligence of some comments, this site is for serious opinions and discussion.
In an article by Amy Hatch of the Huffington Post about violent speech (Words Mean Something), she retells the story of how her 8-year-old child was asking to buy an app from the Apple store to “buy a gun to kill some people” in her game. Hatch goes on to explain that she found talking to her child about violence was even more difficult than it would have been to talk about sex. The main point of the article was to literally watch out for the things you say, such as “Someone kill me!” or “Ugh, I could just kill someone today.” Becoming an example for children is much easier than speaking on it.
As I read the article, I formed my opinion, as usual, and found that I thought Hatch was right. We live in a society today where violence is plastered all over the media and to become examples of peaceful human beings is the right way to go.
One comment that caught my eye was about parenting, and how Hatch was aware of her own part in how her child was speaking and behaving. The blogger also explained that accepting responsibility for her’s and her child’s actions. The comment reflected on knowing when to “blame it on yourself” instead of blaming it on everyone else. I found this comment to be reflective of the Huffington Post and its content. It was intelligently written and stirred discussion among other bloggers who commented.
The next post I found was on Gizmodo (here) about the Superbowl Ads. Actually it was just a post of the videos and a comment next to it describing the commercial in a somewhat nice way. The comments on the post, however were not so nice. One person posted something about Beyonce’s halftime show, which had nothing to do with the blog post. Using foul words to describe the performance, they went on to complain about how she is not relevant and did horribly and should “go to f***ing hell.” Well. I can give you many reasons why that post was harmful, but I think you can certainly get that on your own.
Gizmodo’s comment policy is very different from The Huffington Post’s. In their FAQ (here), anyone who is invited by Gizmodo or a friend is allowed to comment. This rule right here changes everything because you don’t need to create an account for that. You can also comment anonymously, which usually brings out the worst in people. The harmful comment I spoke on above was, not surprisingly, anonymous. Maybe Gizmodo, although a more relaxed site from The Huffington Post, should revise these rules so that people think twice before writing a mean, foul comment.