Widely Despised Writer Wonders Why Commenters Are So AngryS

Katie Roiphe. Katie Roiphe. Katie Roiphe. God, what has she written now?

A new species has risen from the shallows of the Internet: the angry commenter. Sure, there is a long tradition of inspired cranks and interested retirees who have always written letters to the editor, but something in the anonymity and speed and stamplessness of the Internet has unleashed a more powerful and uncontrolled vitriol. I am not here talking about the thoughtful, intelligent comments, which also abound, but rather the bile unloosed, flashes of fury and unexamined rage that pass as "comment."

I wonder what could have inspired this timely and insightful story? Eh, maybe Katie Roiphe's commenters know.

Widely Despised Writer Wonders Why Commenters Are So AngryS

[Slate]