Friday, October 19, 2012


Because it's Friday, let's have some fun. I'm going to reprint a couple of the most ridiculous comments attached to articles in a respectable publication. And I'm only looking at comments that appear to have been made in earnestness.

Why? Because it's interesting to see how people respond. Because it's funny. Because, let's be honest, you probably enjoy finding this stuff when you're reading the news, too.

1. Nothing says "comment explosion" like a border dispute. And when said border dispute is between India and China, the two most populous countries on earth? 'Nuff said. Here's a reader's comment on a video The Economist did on some disputed territory:
"I come from UK,I don't like India which is our formal colony.I once visit India wint a friend who do business in India.India people is very poor though we see high GDP speed.People there ofen cheat foreigners,and I can't stand the rubbish there! I will never go to India again."
This made the list for being an unnecessary anecdote with no bearing on the issue. I gave it bonus points for (most likely) being an impersonation. The use of "rubbish" ("I'm a real Brit! I'm having afternoon tea as I type this!") to complete the farce just tickled me.

2. There's a New York Times Op-Ed by Roger Cohen about a key phrase on Shariah law in Egypt's draft Constitution. One reader had this to say:

"It's a waste of good ink. To write of Islam and democracy in the same sentence is an oxymoron."
Whaaat? It's one thing if you want to claim that the two have not yet found a way to successfully coexist. It's also a reasonable point for discussion if you want to analyze the ways in which the tenets of a particular religion do not lend themselves to liberal democracy, but I suspect you'd find this true of all religions if you're strict enough about your interpretations. But it's silly to say that the Islam + democracy conversation is so far-fetched as to be worthless.

But the really crazy thing about this comment? It got a "Times Pick" gold flag! Seriously? I'm all for supporting a diversity of opinions, but only when they're reasoned.

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