by EMILY SCHNACKY
Let's increase our standards and trade bad-mannered comments for insightful and tasteful ones. News organizations should stray away from allowing anonymous web comments on their web pages by making people identify themselves and take credibility for their postings. John Hatcher's opinion piece on raising our standards on anonymous postings is clever and spot on.
Comments that attack such as defamation, hate speech, and obscenity should simply be deleted. Even if they did have a name next to them they are still not ethically right and show plain bad taste to the news organization. With rules that make people identify themselves before posting a comment there will be less issues with bad-mannered comments.
The most alluring comments are those that are educated and ones that make their case as vigorously as possible without being plain rude. Sarcasm and put-downs usually appear cleverer to its author than it does to its audience.
Hatcher makes a strong stand when he says that by allowing anonymous comments we are lowering our ethical standards for changes in recent changes in technology. There have been cases of attacking comments that inflict harm on certain groups and some of them are potentially libelous.
In this social-networking age of Facebook and Twitter people are more accustomed to posting their own thoughts and feelings and are more apt to taking accountability for what they have to say. Just as people take accountability for what they have to say on their own personal sites they should be take credibility for their opinions they post on news organization's web pages.
Anyone who wants to post their opinions on news organization's web pages should be courageous enough to stand by their words and allow their identity to be disclosed. By doing this we will stray away from anonymity and wind up with insightful and tasteful comments.