I appreciate that MetaFilter, for all its snarkiness, is a valuable resource and online community.
Many of Gawker's sites aren't known for being particularly delicate (One of today's top Gawker headlines: "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Son Injures Ass Skiing, Tweets Photo").
"It's certainly true that nice sites run by nice people ... that encourages good behavior," Denton said. "But it's not as if it's entirely the writer setting the tone for the comments. Sometimes, it's the comments setting the tone for the writer."
Brandon Blatcher said: "$5 in Western countries (which is the majority of MeFi demographis) isn't a lot of money, people will drop that much on all sorts of frivolous items. Yet as one time fee for a website? HELL NO seems to be the common response. So strange."
Honestly, the comment sections at my local newspapers have for-real, no-shit destroyed most of my faith in democracy. Or, at the very least, they've made me rethink my position on Alexander Hamilton.
I honestly wouldn't say I'm doing that. A dogma is a doctrine or belief held by a certain group of people. Here, you are specifically siding with "intellectuals" as a group, and your belief is that people that espouse "dogmatic beliefs" are not intellectuals. Which itself comes off as pretty dogmatic.
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