Between Ferguson and the Reaction to the Star Wars Trailer, Racism Is Alive and Louder Than Ever

December 2, 2014 8:07 PM

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Perhaps at some point early in its development, the addition of comments under YouTube videos was probably seen as a positive societal advancement in which consumers were encouraged to help sculpt content via accompanying feedback -- to idealistically form a community where new-media is a two-way road for both creators and the audience, unlike old-media formats like television and print where content delivery is chiefly one-way.

The awful reality of comment sections, however, is obvious to anyone who's clicked on a video: YouTube threads are hellscapes of pointless, barely literate vitriol posted by sociopaths who prove with every misspelled word why they shouldn't be allowed the privilege of unsupervised Internet access. E...

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