Comments Invited

28Oct10

I have a love / hate relationship with online comments (or maybe I could say I’m fascinated / appalled). While I like the idea that people can comment on a news item, the immediacy of it means it’s mainly drivel, even as the distance and anonymity can bring out our worst. Still, there are gems out there: a Muslim man commented on the potential burning of the Koran to mark the 9/11 anniversary, saying he wasn’t going to allow himself to be caught up in it, and quoting the old expression “The clouds are not troubled by barking dogs.”  I’ve written something that’s not an essay or article, but a series of imagined comments on an imaginary article about Best Canadian Essays. And while it’s obviously designed to help promote the book, I’ve also seen people read it and laugh a handful of times (and that was the idea, by the way). Read it on the Maisonneuve blog here.

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