Offloading comment sections to social media means you can ignore them

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

David wrote last month about the arrogance of media outlets dropping their comment sections. Here’s Techdirt with another piece about how outlets continue to drop comment sections because they “just really value conversation,” linking to a Nieman Lab look at seven news sites who had gotten [...]

A question for readers: How often should we post?

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 8 Comments

Here at TeleRead, we’re always interested in better serving the needs of our readers. So I thought I’d ask a question of you. How do you prefer to get your articles? For most of the last few weeks, I’ve been writing articles in the early morning and then scheduling them to post every two [...]

Internet trolls redux: Yes, they’re sadists in real life, too

By David Rothman
September 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Students of Internet trollogy will cherish this collection of troll-related videos that mia Monteiro spliced together for YouTube. It’s some months old, but still eminently watchable. Also of interest is Trolls just want to have fun, from Personality and Individual Differences: The Official [...]

Wanted: Your mugshot or other photo to show up with your TeleRead comments

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Let’s give the TeleRead community some faces—human ones, especially of the smart, thoughtful people who regularly enrich our site with comments. It’s simple. Just sign up for a Gravatar, an image that will show up in blogs and many other places online, based on your e-mail address. [...]

Pathetic! Dropping comment sections can be media arrogance at its worst

By David Rothman
August 17, 2015 // 6 Comments

Jessamyn West, a well-known librarian who moderated for the MetaFilter Web site, has a thoughtful essay in Medium on how sites can do comments right. It’s obvious to me. Editors and publishers should expect intelligence and civil replies to writers and to other commenters. Trolls should be [...]

RoboFi as a dystopian literary genre: Jobs vs. robots. Neologism time?

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

Robot-related fiction has been around forever. But has the time come to think of a new genre or subgenre and give it a name—RoboFi? It would refer to novels in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut‘s prophetic work from 1952, Player Piano, where the factories more or less or less go workerless. [...]

Vanity alert: So, ugh, how does TeleRead look now—with the new theme?

By David Rothman
July 29, 2015 // 29 Comments

The old WordPress theme was such a resources-hog that we’ve junked it ahead of time to help TeleRead load faster. Notice the speed-up from the much-customized replacement? I started in on the changes last night, intended to give myself a break, but ended up working well into prime traffic [...]

TeleRead Podcast #3 coming shortly

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Our third episode will be recording live at the top of the hour—3 p.m. today. I should have posted something about this earlier, but it slipped my mind. I’ve been having a hard time getting things together this week, I’m afraid. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to talking to Juli again, and [...]

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