2010 September 12 Sunday
Razib On Commenters

Razib links to a Discover Magazine blog post he wrote about whether conservative whites are more racist than liberal whites. But while the Discover post is worth reading I find his comments about comments both funny and correct.

I analyzed some GSS data over at Discover. The commenters were only cursorily engaging the data, and I donít have much patience for long rhetorical back and forths which are already predetermined as to the nature of the conclusions of the principals (also, no one was offering any data themselves, and I get kind of exhausted at having to be the one who is expected to leg-work while others hold forth with their awesome analyses). But in all honesty my standards are lower for the comments here since I donít vet/read them nearly as closely, so if you guys want to argue the results, go ahead.

Some commenters write really long flow of consciousness comments. I hate that. They offer no evidence because evidence takes work. Yet they just know that every other reader ought to read their long (and direly in need of editing) comment and agree or at least be in awe. I see this as laziness and narcissism.

Then there are commenters who just write a sentence or two of insult. Again, it is all about them and their emotional needs.

I'm not dissing all commenters here. Some are great. But think before commenting and, better yet, do some digging and bring real facts to your comments.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 September 12 10:16 PM  Media Critique


Comments
A.Prole said at September 13, 2010 12:30 AM:

A.Prole writes useful and entertaining posts.
The insults (which might offend in their viciousness and horror), are entirely deserved by their intended victims.
- His posts on Reagan were classics of their type.

razib said at September 13, 2010 1:04 AM:

obviously i agree with your general sentiment. comments with new data or links or cites are valuable, and i often give thanks, or tell the commenter i appreciate them "adding into the pool" instead of just withdrawing. if the commenter isn't gonna add much data or facts, but more opinion/analysis, i really do prefer it to be short and sweet. long lawyerly arguments with rhetorical flourish and style read well, and i assume are highly convincing to the typical 'tard, but i generally feel like someone's trying to bullshit me :-)

sg said at September 13, 2010 6:27 PM:

bravo

My favorites are when you cite endless boatloads of unbiased gov't stats and they keep on with the same tired excuses.

True believers.

Just today a guy told me he was denied a job in his native South Africa because he was the wrong color, but he understood.

And no they never have any evidence whatever for their claim that social engineering will someday fix stuff.

sg said at September 13, 2010 6:37 PM:

Ha, I just looked at the data from Razib's post.

There seems to be more variation within each group than between them!

I just couldn't resist!

In said at September 13, 2010 7:49 PM:

Rhetoric/speculation is fun, but facts are much more enlightening. I like them both but prefer the latter.

ASPIRANT said at September 16, 2010 12:10 AM:

you have a point

fashionbugplus.co.uk said at January 31, 2013 7:27 AM:

You can't really say what is beautiful about a place, but the image of the place will remain vividly with you.


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