Michael McDowell's article in today's Sunday Business Post discusses anonymous online content and in the middle of it he has a right go at this parish.
He says that Politics.ie started out well but has descended into a "fetid backwater".
The site has "degenerated into a worthless exchange of cynical backbiting and abuse by a small group of anonymous insider contributors whose bile is largely matched by their ignorance."
He goes on: "It has become so juvenile and ill-informed that it is generally painful to read. It is the online equivalent of old-fashioned graffiti on the walls of toilet cubicles."
The use of anonymous posts has led to this degeneration, he says.
I agree with everything he says. There was a time when I would go on this site daily and while there are still many fine posters on here, a lot of posters are (a) wind up merchants, (b) party lackeys, (c) thick or (d) drunk and sometimes all four.
I post here anonymously like most others. I think, though, that for a site to thrive, it may have to get rid of this whole anonymity lark and insist on posters' true identity. Then we would have proper, more reasoned debate. The problem of course is that by going down this route, the site would open itself up to defamation actions as being the facilitator of defamatory publications against named individuals.
Ah shure I'm sure his nice big taxpayer funded pension will help ease his suffering. I had to Google him, such is his importance in the world. He sounds like another one of the political elite who'd like to silence people who disagree with him.
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