Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guardian of good discourse?

I don't know what the difference is. Maybe we Americans need to drink more tea and less coffee. But the comments section at the Guardian UK seems a lot less vitriolic and fraught with name-calling than the comment threads on most US-based websites I've ever read.  Granted, there are only 9 comments so far under yesterday's blog post on Bolivia's environmental policy, and three of those are mine. But it's a good conversation, and so far nobody has called anyone a $%*# moron or said anything racist. I find that refreshing, however tragically low the bar may be.  So, if you were interested in what I wrote yesterday, you may enjoy the ongoing discussion at the Guardian.

UPDATE: I spoke blogged too soon. I don't know if I feel relieved to know that the U.S. isn't the only country where every internet thread is eventually hijacked by jackasses, or sad to know that no place is safe from trolls and their douchebaggery. Comment number 10 has come in, and it has BOTH racism and personal insults. Bingo! I like how he sneaked Shaw and Wilde in as Englishmen, too. And several Scots. Maybe he meant all of Britain, past and present -- he should have mentioned Tagore and Jefferson.

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