This week, we were given an article to read from the Washington Post about the NPR and how the comments section on media sites are slowly losing credibility and attention. The main problem was dealing with “trollers”. Trollers are people who like to cause drama or issues. Basically, a modern day instigator. Chris Cillizza, the author, explains how a website called The Fix deals with this problem on a daily basis.
Honestly, I agree with the way The Fix feels. I’m a firm believer in social media and it’s dominance in media culture. I can find out the answer to a question about a topic quicker on Twitter than I can by hopping on a news website. Also, most comment sections are now trash talking lobbies. It’s a place where people can meet and insult each other without feeling any sympathy because it’s on the worldwide web. I think that comment sections are becoming useless. Twitter and other social media sites will take over almost all news coverage via web (own sites).
I think comment sections are also very entertaining. If there’s a specific “touchy” subject that pops up and a news sites covers the story, it’s amazing what you’ll see in the comments sections. People will say some of the most absurd lies or statements! It’s a good thing that most media sites require you to click on “comments” instead of them being visible. Otherwise, it would ruin the sites information in my eyes.