This morning I went though the process of having some Irish newspaper websites unblocked in work. Thankfully this was granted. Our web filter is particularly ardent in blocking forbidden content, mostly contained in ads.
Why did I bother?
Because the only site I could access for Irish news was Journal.ie and I couldn't stand it any more.
The comments section there a horrific experience where you can expect to be either trolled out of red thumbed to death for holding an opposing opinion. To be fair, however, they do tend to remove reported comments pretty quickly but they don't seem to be actively moderated.
The lack of news content is minimal at best and they do tend to obsess on topics of the day. Today, yesterday and seemingly the weeks before seem to have been overwhelmingly concerned with abortion. This morning of the first ten "articles" of the day, four of them were about abortion.
Given the recent issues over twitter and social media type things, and recent threads on p.ie, I have started to wonder are we loosing the quality of real journalism in place of convenience?