The Evolutionary War: Knowns vs. Anons

There's a new form of "Class" Warfare (as in "Class" act) online that pits the Class-challenged Anons against the Class-conscious Knowns.

I'm reading The Digital Divide. Just not with my eyes. I know that sounds eerie. I'm listening to the audiobook version. I live within 2.1 miles of my workplace, but jaunts in the car are better spent seeking enlightenment, even if it's as intermittent as windshield wipers in a drizzle.

The Digital Divide's subtitle is Writings For and Against Facebook, YouTube, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking. (It's a collection of essays on that theme, edited by Mark Bauerlein. The audiobook is read by Peter Berkrot and XE Sands, with introduction by Mr. Bauerlein.)

One of my favorite parts so far on the first of nine discs is the observation that a growing number of websites catering to mature, accomplished adults (eg, The Wall Street Journal) do not allow anonymous comments, allowing for intelligent, constructive exchanges of ideas and opinions.

Why is that so?

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Greg Wasserman August 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I find it ironic that Mr. Apar opines on this subject often yet is responsible for providing a forum (NCN Forum) to the most vile of anonymous offenders ever to assemble online. Mr. Apar, if you are so strongly against anonymous bashing, take down the NCN Forum. That would be great start in cleaning up the problem of anonymous attacks and squashing intelligent online conversation in Westchester. If you are unwilling to back up your words with actions, please shut up already!
Bruce Apar August 09, 2012 at 08:45 PM
You could not be more correct, Mr. Wasserman, and we will address that ASAP. Thank you.
Chris Clement August 10, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Because someone uses a screen name means nothing. They're posting their feelings/opinions, hopefully with some relationship to the story at hand, and that's all there is to it. Even people who use thier real name can post things that are uncivil toward others. So I personally don't think it's a big deal. But apparently Mr. Apar thinks it's big deal because he's been ranting on this subject for quite some time. I agree TOTALLY with Mr. Wasserman. I never posted on th NCN forum because I considered the place "out of hand", without any moderation. North County News went down the tubes and Yorktown Pennysaver is thinner than a dime. I say we can thank Mr. Apar for this. He apparently isn't getting much from Chase Enterprises (or whatever), so he invades other publications. Pitiful.


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