#rsrh xkcd gets a rare one wrong.

There is a problem with this argument:

And it can be summed up as follows: you read newspaper articles online, yes?  And you know full well that the comments sections to said articles are universally filled by crazy people who write like they had to cram to pass the Turing Test, yes?  And so you know to either not read newspaper comment sections, or else simply skim them for particularly good examples of Teh Crazy, yes?


…So why are you assuming that you’re unique in all of that? – Because, well, you’re not.

Moe Lane

PS: I don’t care how dumb you think that the American public is; they’re still smarter on the average than the subgroup of people who comment on online newspaper articles.


  • Demosthenes says:

    Fortunately, the people one can read here are smarter — mostly because you spend so much effort filtering the dumb ones out…

  • lourae says:

    Indeed, much of ‘the public’ is smarter than the subgroup of people sitting in Congress. Certainly more aware of how the world works.

  • lourae says:

    I will admit to reading newpaper comments for the sheer entertainment value. This is typically when my husband comes in from his study to the kitchen–“Who the hell are you talking to?”

  • jetty says:

    I was camping this site, but then went on break, and when I came back, already saw that two people had posted. And I’m only getting paid $10/hour. Dang.

  • Catseye says:

    I generally don’t even bother to read the comments, Although lourae is right it does rarely, have some entertainment value. Sometimes, you can normally tell from the subject matter, and that is the interesting part! Subject matter varies the value of the comments!

  • acat says:

    some of the best unintentional humor can be found in the “letters to the editor”….


  • aesthete says:

    Sad thing is, I bet the quality of the comments would improve if you had paid shills posting the discussion… especially in the NYT comments section *shudders*

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