It’s discouraging and so toxic to see how free people feel to express their disdain in comments about matters they know next to nothing about.

But journalists ought to know better. At least they aren’t just making knee-jerk emotional reactions public. One would hope.

That Atlantic piece outraged me because of how disingenuous, thoughtless, and (frankly) lightweight it was. The author didn’t dive deep or think carefully at all.

Thank god for Think Progress. Now if only journalists with more reach could emulate them.

Sharing stories is ultimately all that can bring people to their senses, engaging their empathy.

The cost of sharing those stories, though, is constant exposure to brutal comment culture.

I don’t know that there’s a good answer to that problem.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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