For the past six months or so, we have seen an enormous influx of online traffic on poststar.com. More people appear to be reading the newspaper than ever before.
We have also seen an enormous drop in online comments. Last week – granted it was a holiday week – there were just 101 comments. We usually average around 175 a week. I don’t ever recall seeing fewer comments.
There were just 11 comments on Thanksgiving, which was great to see. The last thing anyone should be doing on Thanksgiving is commenting on a news story.
Comments have always been a double-edged sword. At their best, they provide readers an outlet to provide insightful arguments about the issues of the day. Sadly, those types of comments are few and far between.
At its worst, the comments are a scourge of my everyday existence. People can be mean, obscene, unreasonable, insulting and accusatory.
So when looking back at last week, I look at 101 comments as a week off.