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Digital awfulness spoiling it for all

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28.03.2019

OPINION: I've often wondered why, back in the depths of time, the people who created the comments section thought it was a good idea. If they could have fast forwarded to now, where any comments section under any news source tends to be a collection of the freaky, the fruity and the foaming, frothing mad, then they may not have been convinced it was so crash hot.

I know that "The Net", as they called it then, was born in a burst of shining idealism that it would bring us together in a levelling, constructive, egalitarian way. And the idea of a comments section is a product of this naive optimism in the human race's capacity to be nice to each other.

People were going to read an article and have a chance to contribute their opinion, and engage in the healthy, robust discussion of ideas that we so love as a liberal society. How neat.

It's also completely laughable. Open comments may have been born out of a shining vision for public civility and debate, but we all know comments sections aren't the place for that.They're for Warlord89 to vent their deep misanthropy.

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