Kansas City Dead Tree Media Dumps Disqus And Jumps On The Facebook Bandwagon With Heavily Moderated & Censored Comments!!!
Dead Tree Media adopts a strategy employed by most overly senstive bloggers from a couple years ago . . .
"Next week, The Star will take another big step forward. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 17, readers who want to comment on KansasCity.com will be required to log in using a Facebook account."
Now, people who don't know anything about the Internets will claim this is a bold step forward as Dead Tree Media moving toward social media prowess . . . Probably not.
Because this is a blog tactic from 2 years back and it really only benefits Facebook.
Even worse, we all know that The Star closes off comments on all the good stories.
However . . . The argument here is that this will make people more "accountable" for their online stupidity and hateration . . . It also makes the delete, block or hide button easier to navigate. In other words, this is yet another Dead Tree Media tactic to mold Kansas City discourse into something they think is more acceptable . . . And THAT misguided philosophy is exactly the same kind of groupthink that's killing newspapers . . . Along with the fact that most people have been getting all their info from TV for the past quarter century anyhoo . . .
Still . . . The 24 month-old social media strategy might be a better move than the old and busted Disqus commenting system and readily demonstrates that Dead Tree Media is able to master a complicated plug-in utilized by most foodie bloggers.
More in a bit . . .