Smalltown, USA: Old Media Wrestles with New

In Sanford, NC–A newspaper veteran gives a balanced explanation of his company’s position on pulling the comments plug for their web articles.

In “Welcoming the Silence,” Billy Liggett writes:

The Internet’s been quieter the past few weeks in Sanford, and that silence is both welcome and unfortunate.

Two weeks ago Monday, we suspended the “comments” feature at sanfordherald.com because of the onslaught of the personal attacks and outright idiocracy (I’ll get to more on that later) that ensued in the weeks and months after we redesigned and upgraded our Web site. The suspension is expected to last until Feb. 1 tentatively, because by then we hope to have a system in place that will require valid e-mail addresses and require logins before a comment is posted.

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