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8 Responses to “COMMENTARY Needs Your Help”

  1. PAUL ZISSERSON says:

    I gladly donated, but I do wish that you folks reappraise the policy about discussion participants. Since you required full names(which I personally do not mind), it seems fewer people respond, making the discussions a bit lame

    • M LOUIS OFFEN says:

      Have a look at older “discussions.” They were for a most part a disgrace to Commentary. Letters to the magazine have always been at the high end of discourse, while the comments here when anyone, subscriber or not, could post without identifying themselves, were at the other end of the quality scale.

      • PAUL ZISSERSON says:

        True enough, there were some repugnant letters, but, overall, I thought the dialogues were interesting. In fact, if I remember correctly, I remember one Commentary editor praising the open dialogue. The high quality of the posts should get more than the few responses from readers and they are not getting it. Perhaps someone can come up with a recommendation.

  2. M LOUIS OFFEN says:

    @Paul Zisseron, like you, I would love to see robust, intelligent comment threads here, but not too likely, though. (For one thing, someone would have to watch the store so that the antisemitic crap never went up, or stayed up only a very short time.) Maybe if those who post stayed around awhile to participate in discussion of their posts. (With Seth Mandel gone, we will miss a lot of intelligent commentary, but we will be spared some of the stupidity too, like the know-nothing-ism about NIH funding based solely on the extremely weak reporting of a young Daily Beacon person.)

  3. M LOUIS OFFEN says:

    BTW, do you know of any “open” fora comment threads that are worth the time to read them? The Volokh Conspiracy can be recommended on account of the quality of the law professor contributors, but the quality of the comments following their posts have declined notably because of changes their in the way comments post and because many more people sow up now via the WaPo portal.

  4. PAUL ZISSERSON says:

    I don’t read that many blogs or their comments’ sections. I was attracted to Commentary’s original “Contentions” because of the high quality of the magazine’s letters to the editor. To be sure, the quality suffered on the internet, probably because of its openness and anonymity, but there was something refreshingly democratic about it. That means trash, of course, but also that there are many interesting and insightful people who don’t write as professionals and have opinions, at times, equal, if not superior to, the professionals who do post. Again, kind of like our democratic society.

  5. M LOUIS OFFEN says:

    @Paul Zisserson, we agree/disagree to a great degree. It is general agreement as to the appeal of intelligent exchanges between readers, disagreement as to how often that occurred or would likely occur, and our respective tolerance for very high “trash” to “value” ratios, your acceptance of high ratios being much greater than mine.

    I don’t agree with every letter written to Commentary (the magazine to which one must subscribe in order to post to Contentions), and that’s a good thing, since who benefits from too much of an echo chamber and too few challenges to their opinions. But those letters are almost always quality ones, so it isn’t necessary to wade through garbage there, and is it is on so many blog sites. Maybe some editing of posts here and actual participation of the editors in the dialogue would encourage more and better comments.

    It is very much Gresham’s Law when blog sites don’t limit participation somehow, edit or moderate comments, require true identities, or otherwise take measures to promote quality.

    • PAUL ZISSERSON says:

      Mr. Offen, I like your idea that there be some editing with participation in the dialogue by the editors(posters?). Let’s hope Mr. Podhoretz, et.al. consider.




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