What meaningful impact do comments on news articles and blogs have?

Question by Gir-een: What meaningful impact do comments on news articles and blogs have?
I’m sure there are ‘hits’ related to advertising. Anything more?

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Answer by EASpouse
When the comments are rational and fact-based, they can be the basis for an interesting dialogue. I some places, the author may even return to answer questions, or address issues spawned by the first article. But typically, ultra-libs and uber-conservatives can turn a comment thread into a nasty, vitriolic attack fest — it really depends on whether or not the site requires registration, and whether or not they moderate the forums. Where registration is required and the comments are moderated, you will find more civil discussion and discourse. Where flaming, anonymous posts are the norm, expect more name-calling, closed-minded bigotry, and verbal violence of the first order. You as the reader have to develop enough pragmatism to help evaluate the intent behind, and content included in each post.

For example, the whole “Warren Buffet Rule” issue is a classic case of both sides talking past each other. Buffet and Obama never get into a discussion of what elements of the tax code legally permit Buffet to pay such a low tax rate. Where/when their opponents point out these “errors of omission”, they typically get called names or the subject get changed, no one responds to the tax code issue because it completely destroys the Buffet/Obama argument, if the issue is, how do you modify the tax code to deal with this, without creating some really anti-productive tax policies.

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how might the aging population have impact on news content and advertising?

Question by belana_15: how might the aging population have impact on news content and advertising?

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Answer by Mike10613
The questions that trouble an ageing population should be reported more. Such as disability and discrimination. The ageing population hold the votes – political parties that ignore them or cut their welfare do so at their peril. George funny Walker) Bush believes cuts are the answer – so he can spend a trillion dollars on “defence”. The Japanese, in contrast believe efficiency, technology and robots will be the answer to people living longer and needing care.

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Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet (Perspectives)

Netizens: On the History and Impact of Usenet and the Internet (Perspectives)

Netizens, one of the first books detailing the Internet, looks at the creation and development of this participatory global computer network. The authors conducted online research to find out what makes the Internet “tick”. This research results in an informative examination of the pioneering vision and actions that have helped make the Net possible.

The book gives you the needed perspective to understand how the Net can impact the present and the turbulent future. These questions are answered: What is the vision that inspired or guided these people at each step? What was the technical or social problem or need that they were trying to solve? What can be done to help nourish the future extension and development of the Net? How can the Net be made available to a broader set of people?A netizen, as Ronda and Michael Hauben use the term, is more than just somebody who uses the Internet. It is somebody who has demonstrated a devotion to being a good citizen of an online community. Some have been involved in constructing parts of the Net and forming it into a major social force. Others are simply members of mailing lists and discussion groups, quietly lending a helping hand to others and sharing information, support, and aid through the wires. The Haubens tell the history of the Internet through netizens.

While it was technical necessity and political desire that made the Net happen, it was the often idealistic vision of the netizens that shaped it. The Haubens look at both sides–the technical problems being faced and the social ideas that guided the developers. They take both the outside developments in computing technology and governmental regulatory issues into account.

Most of the emphasis of the book is on Usenet, the vast array of bulletin board-like message areas where people can find discussions about everything from the most esoteric scientific work in progress to the mundane necessities of daily life to off-the-wall treatments of pop culture. They show how it developed as a form of “poor man’s ARPANET” to become a backbone of international conversation. The authors hold Usenet up as an example of user-controlled communication, showing how communities can be successful even in an area lacking formal rules–or lacking the means to enforce the rules. And while they stop short of exploring Usenet’s current problems with commercial junk posts, they do explore the many previous predictions of the “imminent death of the Internet,” showing how a devoted population of netizens has repeatedly been able to work around threats to its community’s existence.

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