Comments & CBC.ca Tuesday September 23, 2008

So this topic has been bugging me for a while now.

While as a self proclaimed phony new media expert I have to applaud CBC.ca’s use of open commenting and allowing discussions to occur on all of their news articles but I have become increasing disheartened with the CBC’s policy of allowing open comments on news releases regarding the Canadian casualties in Afghanistan. (and in general comments regarding tragedies.)

A year ago, I acquired a very personal connection to the men and women in our armed forces. To say it hasn’t changed me would be a lie. Because of which, it’s been difficult to open CBC.ca. Actually, I’ve come to dread and fear checking out the news reel.

But what has got me all hot and bothered, are the comments that people leave on these articles. Yes, I understand the Internet is a great invention. It’s one that allows everyone in our fine country the privilege of information and the freedom to express their viewpoints, which is a fundamental of our nation, but I believe there are some stories that do not need open comments.

Don’t get me wrong, I encourage people to showcase their opinions, however uninformed they may be, on topical or policy articles (Such as this one). But I do not believe that political rhetoric, conspiracy theories or just comments that take away from the memorial of someone’s life should be allowed to be posted on a factual article about their passing. In my opinion it’s just not a decent thing to do …

Yes, I know what I’m really complaining about is human decency. (Which is an impossible thing to police on the internet.) But to see endless ignorant comments from people who don’t know the difference between Iraq & Afghanistan or psychotic warmongers on an article that could possible inform family members of a personal tragedy, makes me extremely uncomfortable.

Actually, it drives me f’ing bonkers.

So to the CBC, congratulations on embracing Web 2.0 and interactive media but please start utilizing some common sense when it comes to people and tragedy. I know the idea of leaving comments open on these types of stories is to allow people to openly express their grief; but just a quick scan of any of these articles quickly demonstrates how they deteriorate into political name calling … which in turn diminishes the initial intent of the open commenting.

To the idiots who constantly use these types of articles as a platform for their insensitivity, congratulations on being a douchebag.

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