It seems more and more that I see controversial opinion pieces being touted as the best, hottest new morals and roadmaps for the world to follow. Articles criticizing Dave Chapelle’s latest special “Sticks and Stones” that claim it just isn’t funny and is instead simply offensive and vulgar are the current trend. Which is funny because the common layman of the world think that the special is hilarious as evidenced by the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Other pieces which criticize people for not being “green enough” or espouse the benefits of being pro-LGBTQIA+++ and accepting pride while denouncing traditional sexuality. It’s like they forgot that you need straight people to produce more gay people. It seems that in most places you look these days you see articles which are talking about old school issues in very soft, unrealistic ways.
And then, after the terrible arguments based on emotions are through, at the bottom of the online article there seems to be a significant lack of a usually common feature – there’s no comment section. In this internet age it has been expected for some time that places that post articles and opinion pieces would have a place for instant feedback. It’s actually a good thing to have it so you can get a better idea of the values and interests of your readers.
Yet suddenly it seems they are disappearing. Almost everywhere there is a controversial idea promoted there is a lack of a comments section. The critiquing of ideas is no longer the norm. Spouting nonsense that makes people feel good about their moral choices regardless of their efficacy is the norm instead. Why is that?
What’s really interesting is that this seems to be a primarily one-sided phenomenon. Check out Fox news articles and opinion pieces online and you will find a thriving, and sometimes ridiculous, comments section that is filled with input from all sides of the political spectrum. Fox doesn’t run from this input. They thrive on it.
Meanwhile, hack SJW publications like Vox, Vice, and even small publications which push SJW opinions such as Fatherly, are removing comments sections. Even Rotten Tomatoes has started to remove the ability for fans to write reviews, instead catering to an increasingly progressive industry elite which does not have the same values or interests as the common citizen.
Is it a conspiracy? Maybe. I’d like to liken it more to a self-preservation technique like an armadillo rolling into an armored ball. They are hiding themselves away and protecting their fragile underbelly of ideas. They have to. Those ideas are easily destroyed by the facts of the real world.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!