Title text: NPR encourages you to add comments to their stories using the page inspector in your browser's developer tools. Note: Your comments are visible only to you, and will be lost when you refresh the page.
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[Single panel comic depicting a screenshot of an Internet article, showing the article title, lines of wavy characters representing the article text, and several comments from readers of the article...]
Backlash: Internet users are outraged over news stories using a handful of random comments to support arbitrary narratives!
- [Head of a girl with short hair:]
- I can't believe how easy it is to create an impression of peer consensus.
- [Head of a guy:]
- This dynamic is so easily manipulated and it freaks me out. xkcd.com/1019
- [Full picture of a girl with hair bun:]
- Everytime I share something and a friend responds "Haha, did you see the top comments..." it just reminds me how influential these things are in shaping the impressions of even relatively internet-savvy readers.
- [Head of a guy who looks like Cueball on a black background:]
- NPR got rid of comments in 2016 when they realized they all came from a handful of visitors posting hundreds of times a month.
- [Full picture of two guys:]
- Eventually social norms will adapt to this stuff, but it needs to hurry up.
- [Head of a girl with ponytail:]
- I have nine followers and created my account last month; how am I being quoted in this news article??
add a comment! ⋅ add a topic (use sparingly)! ⋅ refresh comments!