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If you’re a reader of comments sections on websites, you know they can be places where all kinds of speech flies freely: balanced comments, nasty comments, and — some would say — irresponsible comments. We tout the Web as the great democratizer, but are comments sections curated op-ed spaces or totally open free-for-alls?
Some call comments sections the new public square, but others say that the act of “trolling” actually stifles the ability for healthy public discourse. And how does a comments section reflect — poorly or positively — on the mission or brand of the company hosting the comments page? It’s a question that has implications for free speech, and it's the topic of our next Policy and a Pint.
Host Steve Seel welcomes MPR News’ News Cut blogger Bob Collins, University of Minnesota journalism professor Shayla Thiel-Stern, Julio Ojeda-Zapata from the Pioneer Press, and City Pages’ Aaron Rupar to the panel. Join us to add your voice and make it a vibrant conversation.
Policy and a Pint is a co-presentation by Citizens League and The Current.
Program starts at 6 p.m.