Between the white guys here posing as black guys (yes it's that obvious trolls) and the various clear 'groups' (politicos, atheists, fundamentalists etc), it's difficult to have a real debate on anything.
I don't think the real problem is the MyNews24 contributors though, but rather the myriad of voyeurs out there ... the one-hit wonders who when you click on their profile have absolutely no stories linked to them, who clearly prefer to attack others' views over actually growing a gut-reaction into a compelling story.
My Rules Of Opening Your Mouth Online are fairly simple, and maybe worth sharing for these people:- If you have a view, be prepared to defend it respectfully. People disagreeing with you does not immediately mean they are criticising your mother and everything you hold sacred, so don't blow it up to that level.
- Attack other commentators only where they deserve it, and even then continue to engage with them.- Be prepared to apologise where you seriously got it wrong. 'Sorry': five letters, all found on only two lines of your keyboard- Try at least reading the intro and conclusion of an article before jumping to post your 2c.
A headline is not enough!- If you ignore all of the above for the sake of cheap entertainment - you know, instead of picking your nose or beating up small kids for lunch money - just remember that you're going to chase away quality debate which might actually entertain or inform you.
Ok, just had to get that out there (again). Bring on ye trolls, ye name-calling (my bet is on the over-use of 'arrogant') and ye lonely people with bad jobs but reasonable internet connections.
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