When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand — even (or maybe especially) if it’s that the author got it all wrong. But what do the comments we leave say about us — about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don’t apply? And how do our comments affect the beliefs of others?
The following was posited years ago:
It happens in the real world. It has always happened… Why would it surprise anybody that it happens on the Internet?