I read Salon.com because I think it’s a fun, trendy, edgy kind of place online that you can go to stay in touch with somewhat controversial research on things like pharmaceutical controversies and male pregnancies. I also like the essays on the site because they are usually well written and geared towards the writer-ly crowd.
I like Salon, yes, but I think some of the commentators on Salon are horrible. I think of all the sites I frequent online, Salon is one of those few places where the metaphorical trolls live and play basketball. They love the Salon comment fields because, I’m guessing, it feels safe. It feels safe in a post on breastfeeding to call the writer of the said post a “douche bag” who “doesn’t deserve children.”
Salon is the place to vent, I think. It’s where some people go to “unwind” at the end of a long, hard day at work in which the “man” (read: boss) was “riding” them about getting their work done.
There are unhappy people there. Some would call them trolls. But I always remind myself that trolls are characters. People online who are angry for no particular reason are angry in real life, but they’re usually too afraid to show their anger.
Anger in real life is not safe. It can cost jobs, marriages, and other things that I can’t think of right now. So, instead of being angry where they need to be angry, some people come online or they drive cars really fast and honk and give you the finger if you get in their lane.
Yes, that’s what the commentators over at Salon have.
Do you read Salon? What do you think about the commentators on the site?