The Internet – Civil Standards Should Apply (11/15/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

The Internet – Civil Standards Should Apply (11/15/07)

If you ever need to explain the meaning of the word "incivility" to someone, just direct them to the nearest Internet news site that allows the posting of unedited, unmonitored feedback to their stories.

These sites allow anyone to say anything whatsoever, completely anonymously. Even if their comments are so offensive, indecent or just plain mean-spirited they'd never dare utter them in person to anyone.

There are far too many sad people out there who are apparently driven to react to any story whatsoever with nothing but hateful, prejudicial and judgmental speculation, based on nothing but the unfortunate combination of ignorance, a computer and far too much free time.

While I certainly believe in involving your viewers or readers in the public discussion, this is no way to do it. That's why all viewer feedback to "Point of View" is reviewed before it's posted on our website.

No opinion is off-limits, no matter how much we may disagree with it. But people are not allowed to use to spout obscene language, irresponsibly slander anyone or engage in blatant, vicious hate speech.

If anyone thinks that's censorship, so be it. But as long as we have our own set of standards, I don't think it's unreasonable to insist that everyone who uses our facilities follow them as well.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my Point of View.

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