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John Logie: Web comment sections, a form of free speech?

Associate Professor John Logie was recently interviewed by KARE 11 for a story about free speech and readers' comments on websites.


"Polite society depends on people not necessarily saying everything that pops into their heads," says professor John Logie, who studies the internet at the University of Minnesota.

Logie notes there's no easy solution for dealing with such rhetoric.

"I'm torn," he says. "On the one hand, there's the sort-of libertarian impulse to say, 'The more discourse, the better.' On the other hand, I wouldn't return to a site that is filled with that kind-of rhetoric.

Anonymity may be one reason people behave this way, although Logie argues it's just the perception of anonymity. Powerful search engines make it easier to uncover commenters' identities."

Read the full article and watch the video at kare11.com.