NYT's Pogue: Web 2.0 sites should banish most anonymous comments

New York Times’ technology columnist David Pogue disclosed a few ideas for making the Web 2.0 world a more friendly, and factually accurate, environment for...

New York Times’ technology columnist David Pogue disclosed a few ideas for making the Web 2.0 world a more friendly, and factually accurate, environment for both people and products. Pogue spoke November 20 at the Consumer Revolution on the Web: Opportunities and Dangers for Journalism conference, sponsored by the Columbia Journalism Review and Consumer Reports.

Step one: blogs should declare that they – gasp! – take responsibility for the words printed on their Web sites, said Pogue, who compared blogging in front of thousands of commenters to his days as a Broadway musician, calling it “a return to the live performance.” Pogue also advocated that Web 2.0 sites should take action on behalf of users who are attacked and banish anonymous comments, except in sensitive, cases such as medical discussions.

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