Online commenting in newspapers

2 years, 2 months ago


Many newspapers in Norway (e.g. VG/Dagbladet/Aftenposten) has a comment field in the bottom of the news article. I assume this is also the case for many other countries. However, I often find myself to think that the comments written are mostly not very reflected and thought through, and often with an aggressive tone. Well, I respect each party to have their own opinion on whatever matter, but generally it seems that many people that comment lack an ability to see a case from more than one perspective. At the same time, I’m probably not one to talk as I never comment any articles myself.

So mostly I’m just wondering. Has anyone else this feeling when reading comments from news articles, or elsewhere on the internet? Is it just me that has some kind of personal issues or whats up! And more, do you often comment yourself?

Thank you.

December 15, 2012 at 3:18 am

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Profile photo of Cody Cody (@versai) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

I was a little confused when you kept calling an online news site a newspaper, cause I’ve never seen reader comments published in print before except maybe the advice column. But I get ya, and from the articles I do read online, I can mostly agree with you. I sometimes feel that this site has the same issue now more than ever, because I remember a day when each post as well as it’s respective replies were carefully constructed and thought-out to include everyone’s opinion and belief. Now with HE reaching a broader range of readers, the comments have gotten wildly abstract, too. Sifting through the comments in an article takes up more time than reading the actual article these days; because everyone is trying to conform each other to their impression of the information. People entirely ignore evidence, facts, truth, logic just for the sake of feeling attention, affirmation, pride. There are very few independent media outlets that can foster constructive conversation, and HE was one of them. It still is, but not to the degree of cooperation and unity that it began with. I think it’s a problem with a growing society, everyone feels they need to pay their 2 cents and it’s causing an inflation of our intellectual economy.

I don’t often comment myself, I like to reserve my opinion for an audience ready to hear it. It’s often drowned out by others, but if the message is right for even one person, I guess it’s worth while. With that respect, I cut every comment the same grace, and trust that someone out there needed to hear their words.

Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

So that’s why there’s so many angry norwegian comments on our swedish newspaper websites haha?
Not that they’re any more aggressive than the others, people in the comments section of EVERYTHING are complete assholes and never write anything worthwhile.

Normal person + Opinion + Anonymity = Total fucktard

Why even waste your time reading them? The news article is what you came for.

I rarely read the news, but when I do I block the comment section’s script so I’ll never have to look at that crap.

Profile photo of creds creds (@creds) 2 years, 2 months ago ago


Yes, online news articles are what I meant. Sorry for not putting that clear enough.

Thank you for you perspectives about people writing for attention and affirmation.

I too feel it is unnecessary to reply these comments, mostly because you will not get anywhere. However, they still somehow contaminate what could been an interesting place to discuss for example a political decision. I wonder if the online news could do anything in order to counter comments that lacks, as you say, evidence, fact, truth or even logic.

@manimal, Haha, that is totally why. Normal person + opinion + anonymity = total fucktard, made my day. It is just so spot on!

Profile photo of Quig Quig (@quig) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Reading comments on news sites is one of my guilty pleasures. I marvel at the lack of critical thought and the amount of vitriol, intolerance, and hatred.

I like Townhall(dot)com the best. Their comment section is stuffed with xenophobia, anger and bitterness. It’s like an ideological cave for blind patriotism. Try not to punch your computer screen in frustration while reading it.

Profile photo of E.C.F. Doyle E.C.F. Doyle (@chekovchameleon) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

Everybody has something to say about the news, but most people are just throwing out their idiocy into the public domain, you’ll get more intelligent comments on current affairs here on HE. That just goes to show you the prejudice and general mentality of the common news reader. I think it is just funny that people are so ignorant that they think there ridiculous comment are so important that they have to put them on national and international news sites. @creds,

Profile photo of tigerlily tigerlily (@tigerlily) 2 years, 2 months ago ago

The city that I live in has a local paper online which allows comments, I have to say about 90% of the comments which are mostly done under anon are slander, gossip or one sided view points. I never comment myself because it does seem pointless to join in such arguments I feel like it’s just a place for ranting, I very rarely read the comments anymore.

In my opinion I think these sites should have some kind of filter on commenting, many sites with such capabilities seems to be a breeding ground for internet bullies.

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