Anil Dash: If your website’s full of assholes, it’s your fault (dashes.com)

This 2011 article well pre-dates the current attention on the problem of rampant misogynistic abuse on Twitter, but applies to it well. In particular this paragraph highlights a problem I have with - sadly - just about all major news outlets.

Why are they so cynical about conversation on the web? Because a company like Google thinks it’s okay to sell video ads on YouTube above conversations that are filled with vile, anonymous comments. Because almost every great newspaper in America believes that it’s more important to get a few more page views on their website than to encourage meaningful discourse about current events within their community, even if many of those page views will be off-putting to the good people who are offended by the content of the comments. And because lots of publishers think that any conversation is good if it boosts traffic stats.