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  •  And to add to my other comment (5+ / 0-)

    because I hate them so :)
    The internet world of political blogs is so tied together that anyone wanting to debate can do so with another article.

    I guess I miss the newspaper. :(

    And really it's the unmoderated ones that I object to.
    It brings out so much disrespectful crap and the other side of that unmoderated coin are the ultra righteous/annoying comment police.

    •  All true (4+ / 0-)

      It's a nasty world in the comments of political blogs.  Politics is ugly and anonymity makes it worse. Still, there's a lot of good that comes from it too.  In the past, the only feedback that newspaper columnists and news anchors had was letters and phone calls to the paper or the station.  Now you see a feedback loop going on in comments and maybe even more so on Twitter.  I think they learn to filter out the disingenuous feedback but it's still nasty.  I still maintain that it's good too.

      One example is Glenn Greenwald.  Man, that guy takes a lot of flack.  When he moved to he Guardian, the moderators at the Guardian handled his comment section too.  He actually publicly called for them to allow the debate, however contentious that it became.  He objected to their too strict moderation policy and he got them to back off and allow the debate to happen in his comment threads.  He concedes some points and he defends others.

      If you have a strong opinion, and you want to use the advantages of having a lot of readers and a big megaphone to voice those opinions, you should be able to defend it.   You have control over the totally outrageous or offensive comments when you have your own site.  Most sites hide or delete them, unlike dkos.  I never saw an overwhelming amount of comments at Digby's site. Plus, you can close the comments after a few days or a week. I'm pretty sure there are people who would have volunteered to help her moderate.  She has a big following.

      Before I stopped reading, I posted a few comments disagreeing with two or three posts there, one by Digby and two by spoon.  I never saw them respond to any comments.   It makes it look like they just want to preach and never discuss.

      Anyway, I'm pretty down on most of the progressive blogosphere and the so called progressive movement right now anyway so I'm not inclined to give them much slack after the way they were silent on so many things and just converted themselves into an arm of the D party and the campaign.  We badly need some new voices and a new movement.  When you look at things from the perspective of what kind of change has occurred since the rise of the progressive movement, other than a few things like progress on gay rights, it's a total failure.  This isn't working and now the ones who were fighting for things or against things during the Bush era have turned into something I don't even recognize anymore.  They've got their megaphone and their access now and they are largely complicit -- part of the problem not part of the solution.

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 07:15:38 AM PST

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