Dec 21, 2016
commented on Vice Is Ditching Comments, Too. Santa Must Be Real After All!
I'm not sure how I feel about this. As for diminishing writing... Often it seems writers themselves are dashing off quick pieces in response to blips in the news, like who said something wrong on twitter, and readers use that as a prompt to respond themselves. Usually since both sides are just giving their quick impression, the writer is no more insightful than the readers. Sometimes with longer pieces there are nagging questions or the headline is trying to be provocative to get clicks and we should be able to interact to express our frustration. If the writer has contradicted themselves, we can point to an earlier piece. There are many ways that it can inform the reader, writer and the editor.
On the other hand, if a section is about lgbt stuff or a hate crime or a protest, I know exactly the comments I'm going to read and have to force myself to remember not to scroll down too far.