I am one of a dying breed that still likes to read the news on a daily basis.
Facebook seems more popular for the insults and ankle-biting.
I noticed that during the run-up to the crowning of the Boy Wonder, the CBC.ca site was filled with anti-Harper venom on a daily basis. Much of it would not have passed The Telegram’s standard. The venom went on for months and surely helped the red team win. The contributors at CBC are, for the most part, anonymous, and contribute for free.
Now CBC is saying it will require contributors to sign their comments on CBC.ca from now on.
In the days since the coronation, the CBC.ca site has been filling up more and more with — you guessed it — anti-Boy Wonder comments.
Hence, no more anonymous comments, which should put a stop to that.
Not to be stuck in the past, but if Harper had done the same he would be killing democracy or something almost as bad.
But there is something good that can come from this. The Telegram can follow CBC’s lead and do the same.
As an example, the Spaniard’s Bay fray would have passed quietly had anonymous comments been taken offline. No doubt comments would decrease, and that may not be bad. It could be the starting point for some serious, non-coloured, discussion on the state of our province, its finances and the red team’s approach.
It may well have been self-serving for the Boy Wonder, but I am onboard.
To allow anonymous comments is a dumb plan to start with. It was not always so.
It will take time, but I think it would improve The Telegram and readership, as well as up our collective game, so to speak.
Comment below if you agree.