Angry Readers Take Their Comments Elsewhere

In our last post, we wondered:

    Will eager commentors just go to some other blog with their Howell comments? Will Going out Gurus get flooded? Think Tank Town?!?

Looks like our suspicions were correct. Head over to the Post’s “Maryland Moment” blog where a post about Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan has resulted in 90 (and counting) comments about Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell and the Post’s decision to turn off comments from their post.blog

This is all beginning to closely resemble a game of Whac a Mole: Just as soon as you beat one mole over the head, the others surface someplace else.

> Glenn Reynolds chimes in:

    It’s hard for me to get very exercised about this. Given the Post’s addition of technorati links to many of their stories, they’re in a better position than most to say “the blogosphere is our comment section.” And, you know, it is.

>And if you’re wondering if this is actually a big story or if it’s just Big For DC, consider this: According to BlogsNow.Com (“Reflecting what is most popular in 23,523,932 weblogs right now”), the Post’s blog entry announcing the shut down of comments on post.blog is the #4 most popular link on the Internet.

>Glenn Fleishman writes on Romenesko that “Jim Brady at The Washington Post just doesn’t get it in the same way Michael Kinsley didn’t get it with the Wikitorial idea at the L.A. Times…The Internet is global, folks! You can’t ask for civility. You can’t expect it.”

>Jay Rosen has an interview with Jim Brady and, per usual, top shelf analysis.