Mean Comments

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Maybe it’s just me, but mean comments on the internet don’t affect me. I’ve accepted over the years that the internet is the wild wild west and any attempt to try and corral or coerce people to act a certain way will only come back to bite you in the arse. Resident Advisor learned this the hard way when they decided to remove comments from their site a year ago due in part to the backlash they received when they published this agenda laden interview with Mama Snake. Don’t get me wrong, some of the comments aimed at her were downright rude and disrespectful but others were constructive and essentially called her out on her bullshit. But we live in sensitive times at the moment and instead of enforcing a code of conduct or appointing mods, RA buckled under the pressure and completed removed an essential part of their site and it’s never been the same.

Now the same scenario is playing out in public on HÖR, a newly launched Berlin-based online radio show. As per the screenshot above, over the weekend a few DJs of Asian descent were subjected to horrible abuse via live chat, which is completely out of order. The easiest way to deal with it would be to appoint mods in the chat and generally keeping an eye on things, but I don’t think disabling comments is the best option. I can only speak from myself but I get a lot from reading YouTube comments, whether it’s track IDs or background info regarding said DJ, I’ve gotten a lot of value from the comments. And I’m sure booker and promoters would agree to that too. Mean comments on the internet will always be there, what you have to do is cultivate a community of people who can somewhat police themselves and chase anyone out who doesn’t abide by the rules but don’t let the actions of a small minority affect everyone else, please!

Camea has nothing to do with the above post, but I really enjoyed this set so I just wanted to share it, ha!

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