Against “Don’t Read the Comments”
Anil Dash

Civic journalism could be greatly improved by the development of a disciplined systems using qualified commenters. Specialized sets of reviewers vetting civic news reports in their respective areas of interest could render coverage into a more trustworthy product. It is not practical for citizens to develop personal expertise in most civic matters —but audience and attention seeking journalistic enterprises, as currently configured, don’t have strong incentives to supply good civic guidance.

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