Policy and a Pint — Uncivil Discourse: Comment Sections in the Digital Age

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current



Varsity Theater
1308 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 604-0222

$5.00, with Student ID

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. Tickets Program starts at 6 p.m.