by Michael Bloch
Maybe its people's increasing comfort with the Internet and the anonymity it provides coupled with their increasing general despondency about life; but comment quality seems to be rapidly deteriorating.
I visit all sorts of blogs and forums and I'm noticing people confusing civil debate with garden-variety ad hominem exchanges. Many are just getting involved in conversations to disagree for the sake of disagreeing, hurl abuse or peddle their own products. Comment threads commonly also go way off topic.