Comment boards have changed journalism. Letters to the editor are down. The words "nigger," "kike," and "douchebag" are way up. It's the SF Weekly's policy that the comments on our site best reflect the reality of the Internet — a pitch-black, anonymous, and public room with a bunch of dickheads running around trying to punch other well-meaning people in the throat.
Enter at your own risk. This is Kings of Commenting. — David Downs
This week, we said the Internet is full of mean, mean bad people insensitive to the death of a regular joe.
And some regular joe said,
bob reminds us we can't use engrish either,
Quotations aren't "made," they are first "statements" or "remarks" and become quotations when repeated or attributed. In other words, it wasn't a "quotation" when Bush made it.
This week, we said Mark Morford = stupid.
And Dan reminded us of our own traffic,
Ben, I bet if you posted this over on the comment page for one of Morford's articles, more people would see it.While [blank] said,
dude get a fucking life
We said, 'Hey, here's some holiday parties.'
Douchebag Jones said,
God you're a fucking idiot!
Matt Smith said, 'News flash! Politicians are craven!'
this dude said,
Matt Smith is correct in pointing out that politics has ceased to resemble governing in favor of the systematic offloading of public benefits onto the politically connected for political advantage and that the Democrats are as dirty as the Republicans.
We said in One Big BANG that media mogul Dean Singleton knows how to make money, unlike newspapers.
This dude said,
Dean Singleton does not "revitalize" newspapers. He kills them. Some of them go out of business, like the much lamented Dallas Times Herald, and some stay in business, lining his pocket, but not much functioning as newspapers. These papers are still just as dead.And a man in the know said,
Oh please, John. If you had been in the Walnut Creek newsroom when you worked at the Times you would know that this "pink elephant" crap isn't true. We talk about this all the time, even openly with the editors. It's just that nobody wants anything to do with a union at this point. And here, I'll say it: Why should reporters at a 40,000-circulation paper make the same as reporters at a 190,000-circulation paper? It's ever worked that way before, and yet people at the Oakland Tribune seem to think they're suddenly worth a whole lot.And another dude said,
The union needs to accept that it was outsmarted by Singleton on this one. Singleton is building a new model for journalism, one that combines centralization with flexibility, and unions stand in the way of management prerogatives during a fast-changing time in media. For these clusters to work efficiently, management needs to have free rein to determine staffing levels, salary and benefits.And Garbanzo said,
Do you think if Google had a union that would have achieved even 1% of what they have (you'd have shop stewards bitching about the lack of structure). Union have no place in the digital economy. And having English majors roam the advertising department compiling efficiency ideas is downright laughable. Why don't they look around the newsroom for ways to do more with less, as most American companies have done. Have never understood that when a newspaper's circulation and advertising business increases, the editorial staff goes up, but when business goes in the opposite direction, a decrease in newsroom staff is a frontal assault on the First Amendment. How precious!And Mike Wolcott said,
In fact, I'd wager to say the overall morale at our paper is much higher than that of, say, a former writer at the Times who now makes his living writing about our "paranoid" staff for the SF Weekly. Hard to pinpoint a reason. Made efforts to beef up that union drive over at the SF Weekly aren't going so well, either.
For the record, (and it wasn't mentioned in the story) the SF Weekly is non-union. Which pretty much affirms Geluardi's contention that it takes a union outfit to put out a good paper, or at least one with a modicum of self-awareness.
Of course, that Bay Area Linkup story we did got all the trolls a-clucking. Ooh, look everybody, Billy is a bwig dawctor now!
Billy Vaughn, PhD, says,
One piece of evidence is from personal experience. One of the host's pals man-handled a woman before my very eyes. He forced her up against the wall from behind in such a way that I thought they were acquainted until she forced him off her. I told the host about it and he basically shrugged it off. Evidently the woman and perhaps others reported the incident and the host was immediately forced out of linkup.
MF Doom Fucked SF a While Ago, but the story lives on
I can't speak for the show in San Francisco where MF DOOM was alleged to have sent an imposter in his place to perform, however, I will let it be known that MF DOOM was not in the building at MJQ last Thursday. Instead he sent an imposter in his place and the imposter has a name to! His name is DJ Wesu! My best guess is that Doom pocketed the $5,000 I wired him a month before the show in Atlanta while the rest of the loot must have went to those shady ass-fuckers Mobonix, Killa K and Wesu who took the entire door and split with Doom out the back door.
That's it for Kings of Commenting. See you next Wednesday.