Mary Schmich fires the latest salvo about newspaper comment boards. I’ve spoken my unpopular and perhaps ill-considered opinion that letting the heathens scream at each other is a societal benefit insofar as it emphasizes how nasty, brutish, and short-tempered people are, but there are other options, too – and it’s endlessly frustrating when writers seize on anonymity as the sole or even primary cause of incivility, when it’s not only clear that people are willing to be uncivil under their own names, but that there are plenty of prominent anonymized online communities that do a better job of maintaining a baseline level of civility.

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