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The Internet as horror show

By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 7, 2014

Some stories for your consideration, two about women writing on the web here and here, and one on the issue of anonymity in commenting.

Much as I love working online, I am not blind to some of the problems of the form, particularly the nastiness coming from commenters, especially those who can hide behind anonymity.

Not long ago I did a story dealing in part with a media controversy, and the comments proved so unpleasant (especially in terms of racist rhetoric) that an editor had the commenting disabled. That and other incidents make me an absolutist about commentiing -- no anonymity should be allowed.

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