Many online mainstream media are ditching the people’s comment section. Why? Basically, because FREE SPEECH IS POWER to the people, as made clear in this quote in the article, so they are taking it away from you:
September 24, 2013:Popular Science becomes one of the first major publications to ditch its comments feature, citing studies that found that blog comments can have a profound effect on readers’ perceptions of science. [holy mack!] “If you carry out those results to their logical end—commenters shape public opinion; public opinion shapes public policy; public policy shapes how and whether and what research gets funded—you start to see why we feel compelled to hit the “off” switch,” former digital editor Suzanne LaBarre wrote in the site’s announcement.
There is power in commenting!
I can see why the result of their studies scare the bejesus out of them. I read and post comments at the WaPo, and I noticed a lot of negative responses to their ‘mind science series’. I find this significant because the readers there are mostly conservative upper middle class. It’s not the few crazies, is a generalized antipathy to what scientists are doing with our brains and research money.
So, the studies shows them that there is little support for their awesome scientific narrative, and what do they do? Do they revise their plans? Of course not. They counter attack by forcing online media to close the comment sections. What is next, shutting down blogs that question their science of the mind or GMO?
What to do? Like many of the comments on Wired for that article shows, people are not happy about closing the comment sections at online media. Anyway, try reading some of the comments. Try some of these actions too:
- Don’t visit sites that close the comment sections
- Let them know that you will not visit them unless they restore the comment section.
- Don’t pay for subscriptions, if possible.
This may seem a bit silly now, but I see it coming, it will soon become another big issue, maybe as SOPA, remember?