Civility on the Upswing?

Since I’ve posted often about the poor quality of Internet discourse readers might welcome a different point of view. Civility comes to Net by Don Aucoin, in the February 21 Boston Globe, says “[t]here is a quiet but growing movement to forge a truce in . . . [the] ‘arms race of name-calling’ on the Web.”  He cites development on social-networking sites like Facebook of “an informal code of conduct” in which trolls “are either ignored or told to get lost.”  A possible cause of this budding civility could be awareness that what one says online can affect employment, college, and graduate school admission prospects.  I have not noticed this trend, but I could be looking in the wrong places.

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  1. Many of the Gawker Media (present and former) sites including Consumerist, Jezebel and Wonkette have stated policies that Commenters must follow, and the policy of banning and censoring annoying or ‘trolling’ commenters is used frequently. Some blogs and discussion boards may even feel like closed communities sometimes (as discussed here previously) because there are biases promoted by the editorial leadership.

    One example of this is on Consumerist, a pro-consumer affairs blog formerly owned by Gawker Media. A commenter who might question a blog post or story that is so strongly anti-business might very well see their comment erased and account placed on adminstrative probation for 24-48 hours or indefinitely.

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