The Week is shutting down the comments section on its website. Ben Frumin, editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com, explains that when it comes to comments on articles, essentially, a few bad apples often spoil the bunch.
“Too often, the comments sections of news sites are hijacked by a small group of pseudonymous commenters who replace smart, thoughtful dialogue with vitriolic personal insults and rote exchanges of partisan acrimony,” states Frumin.
Even if you don’t find that to be true (it is), it’s hard to argue with Frumin’s second point — that the best place to debate pieces is via social media, not comment sections:
And so today, the smartest, most thoughtful, and most spirited conversations are being driven not by pseudonymous avatars in the comments sections of news sites, but by real people using their real names on the social web. It is no longer a core service of news sites to provide forums for these conversations. Instead, we provide the ideas, the fodder, the jumping off point, and readers take it to Facebook or Twitter or Reddit or any number of other places to continue the conversation.