First of all, I appreciate what you’ve said, and the effort you put into saying it. I’m not a Kardashian fan, but I don’t really get ramped up over them one way or another.
Aside from the fact that I agree with your point regarding the lack of civility in many comments sections, I was also interested to read the comments to your own “article.” Unbeknownst to many commenters, they helped you make your point.
To me, you used the internet’s responses to the Kim Kardashian theft as an example illustrating your take on the Comments sections of many websites. But, a lot of the comments here appear to have come from people foaming at the mouth over anything appearing as a defense of someone they dislike or hate. It’s the mouth-foaming resulting from this imagined slight that leads to … excessive balderdash.
Like you, I realize we are young in this web environment that allows for randomly popping off. I hope (I really, really hope) that we will either learn our way out of this lack of civility and/or empathy, or that the companies allowing this commentary cesspool to perpetrate itself will find a way to reign in most of it. Should neither of those things happen, we’ll be left with more and more angry people, or, we’ll lose a potentially valuable communication tool because people will start walking away from it.
So far, Medium is only somewhat affected. Most of the commentary is either thoughtful, or of the “attaboy” type. More than likely, as it becomes more popular, the comments section will mimic what has become of Reddit (god help us).
Thanks again for putting some thought into your piece and sharing it.