So trackbacks went away, then comments, and then…we lost the culture of response(4). When this all got started, someone would write a superlative post, perhaps a controversial post, and then as if on cue, a few thoughtful responses would emerge, a volley might ensue, and behold: a living debate in considered prose watched by thousands.
Blogging, Meet Medium. Please Procreate.
John Battelle

The “culture of response” has devolved into a feeding frenzy of anonymous attackers, not responders, to anything remotely controversial. The dialogue we all want to witness or participate in cannot happen when people are fearful of the negative responses to occur. A prime example is what happened today with the SXSW announcement that they were cancelling two of their panels centred around harassment in gaming. It’s a discussion that needs to happen, but we are running out of places to hold that conversation where people feel safe enough to discuss the issues.

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