… unless you have thick skin, lots of time or want to see irrationality at its best.
That’s my motto.
I had to remember it the other day when this happened:
Apparently leaving Kentucky didn’t mean I permanently escaped thinly veiled bigotry. Who knew?
The best part is I wasn’t even wrong with the “error” he was pointing out. The comment on the news brief has been removed, as has been my response and another reader saying something to the effect of I showed him by being right and not standing for the racist remark.
What’s funny is I count three grammar/syntax errors in his comment. Ha.
I do have my fair share of typos considering the amount of content I post and the absence of copy editors on the back end. I do proofread and obviously don’t want to make any mistakes, but it comes with the territory. I do the best I can and welcome any help or strategies to improve, but that commenter isn’t really helping.
In the interest of fairness — and to show there are generally decent human beings still on this planet — I had several readers who were understanding of an actual typo in a story recently as well. A 17-year-old girl and a 48-year-old man were killed, which was awful. There are far too many fatal crashes that cut life short, and it was nice to see readers concerned about the victims and the tragic loss of life.
Then there were the angry zealot commenters. I’ll let you read for yourself, but that was one of the days (or two) I had a lot of free time after a busy night of work, so I paid attention to the comments. It wasn’t a mistake, but I probably could have used the time better, especially considering it was an off day.
I don’t really have much of a life and I’m also driven by principle, so I have no problem reading the comments or replying. Not everyone can or should. Know that when you think about what modern journalism has evolved into in the digital age.
I just hope Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse understands when people come after him it isn’t (really) that personal — I work for PennLive and the trolls come after me too. The differences are: PennLive pays me, I generally don’t care what people think, and I can’t ban access or racists IRL the way he has banned our staff of reporters. Shouts out to Donald Trump.