Should online article websites have the ability to take online article comments from the readers in an interactive way? Well as the top online article writer who likes to write about politics and opinion, I say NO.
Because the non-intellectual masses have a lot to be desired in their sound and fury and really get into attack mode on their comments and having watched this and been called everything in the book, clearly as an author of some 7000 articles, I am not interested nor do I have the time to monitor the comments from the peanut gallery.
Believe me I am well aware of all sides of the issues I write upon and really am not interested in rehashing those. So often the commenters somehow believe that the are so smart and bring such new and undiscovered information to the table, yet all in all it is merely repetitive of what was on Television the night before.
On one online article submission site I did find it interesting the types of articles, which get the most feedback, as they are not what I might have expected. I have a skewed and rather dismal view of the average Internet user and their shallow interests. It is rather enlightening to see that topics with substance are getting more comments. Perhaps these too are rather an interesting new trend? Perhaps you too may have noticed this if you are an online article writer? Consider all this in 2006.