If you’re like me, sometimes it’s impossible to even look at comment posts online. Some sites seem to attract a greater percentage and greater degree of argumentative and troll-like comments. It seems some people look at it as a game to see whose goat can be got the quickest and most incensed. I know that partly it’s the fault of the technological innovations of our time—a forum that allows for a certain sense of anonymity—of hiding behind a screen where people can’t see the faces of those with whom they’re having a “conversation.” It’s like an arena where those who need an impish release come to get their fix…by terrorizing others who only wanted to try to have a decent conversation.
I’m undoubtedly oversimplifying here. But it’s hard to disagree that there is an issue of a lack of civility among people communicating in many comment forums online… or at least that eloquence and decorum seem to take a back seat so often.
…Which is why the comment section of a recent opinion article on one of my regularly visited online news sources was such a delightful surprise! It wasn’t that the comment section was devoid of some particular ire from a few naysayers, …but that several of the commenting participants had extremely educated responses to the topic at hand with which they were able to contribute towards expanding ideas from the original piece. Can you imagine?? And what is so pathetic about my astonishment is that such public contributions are exactly what comment sections were designed and meant to do in their ideal configurations…
So I’m beaming through my wistful cynicism. But it was delightful to encounter, for sure! Who would’ve expected intelligent applications of FEMINIST THEOLOGY in the coment forum section of any website?!? Brilliant!