Now suppose you are an opinion editor for a paper; let’s say of a leftist bent. In the old days, you could write just about whatever, and so long as you vaguely refer to lots of "complexities" and so on, all adding up to some necessity to take from some and redistribute to others, you’re gold. No need to get into why, just now. Suffice it to say that the reason the media has traditionally been leftist is that it’s the path of least resistance. Stealing is easier than producing and profiting above costs of production; and being a cheered cheerleader for legitimized thieves, easier still. It’s the perfect job for the lazy and/or incapable.
Be a leftie opinion editor and you can write your screed, you can count on the support of your colleagues, and you might even be lucky enough to gain prestige by being cited by various inhabitants of the various ivory towers.
But not today. Not if you’re Matt Maxon, opinion editor of The Rebell Yell of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The problem with enabling comments for articles is that it’s difficult to predict or control what you get. You certainly don’t predict that 100% of over a hundred comments (as of now) are going to kick you right in the teeth.
May we continue to live in interesting times, with plenty of avenues for honesty to do its relentless and grind-it-out work.
Update: More teeth-kicking fun.