COLUMN: Best (and worst) of online comments
You have been missing out if you have not been reading the online comments at OUDaily.com this semester.
From controversial to hilarious, our one-time contributors and regular trolls have made reading the discussions of our articles disturbing and entertaining. The ambiguity of online personas allows for insults to fly and personal truths to be revealed.
As a constant observer to these discussions, I have found some comments particularly amusing. So, as the semester wraps up, let’s take a look back at the best, worst and ugliest comments from fall 2012.
“notorious troll Adolf Hitler”
From SUP in “Speaker came from out of the closet, under the bridge”
Response: SUP is right, we need to all remember the king of trolls and the preferred reference of all trolls: Adolph Hitler.
“So by your standards, lesbians could very well claim that HIV is a straight disease, since it doesn’t affect them as much as straight people.”
From braceyourself in “Know your status to make future HIV-negative”
Response: As one of our most prolific contributors, braceyourself has been increasingly coherent in comparison to our new set of more radical commentators.
The end must be near.
“I’m sure virtually your entire staff is liberal…. I’m a bit like a demon in hell poking you liberals/progressives with a pitch fork.”
From SlaveToTruth in “Stop dividing the U.S. with talk of secession”
Response: Euphemisms aside, our staff is actually quite politically varied.
As much as it would please me to get poked by SlaveToTruth, the daily grind of creating a newspaper has sucked the soul out of most of our editorial staff.
In other words, they are the ones that do the poking.
“I was going to make a comment here, but I forgot what it was. Got to go get something to eat.”
From briareus in “Follow Western states’ lead, legalize weed”
“Moonbeams and unicorn horns forever.”
From briareus in “1 in 7 of your neighbors needs help to eat”
Response: In an epic turn of events, briareus has finally seen the light of braceyourself’s arguments and given up his capitalist job to live in a treehouse commune outside of Eugene, Ore.
Happy trails my friend, happy trails.
“We already see how illegal alien offspring and perhaps some illegal aliens themselves are changing the electorate.”
From SlaveToTruth in “Voters made horrible mistake”
Response: First demons, now aliens, it sounds like SlaveToTruth finally figured out The Daily’s editorial board is really the recovered souls of aliens who once ran the New York Times.
The secret is out!
“I’m patiently awaiting some well-reasoned, polite and thoughtful counter-arguments, but all I see are people complaining that the Opinion page has an opinion in it.”
From mythman in “Why you can forget about the president — and go vote”
Response: I would like to personally thank mythman for his comment. Even though some think we are pod people, the editorial staff does have an opinion that they express, you know, on the opinion page.
(In response to the Justice For All abortion posters) “It’s actually a plot to increase Housing & Food revenue, because the signs make people so hungry”
From nettt in “Justice For All displays inspires shame, not genuine dialogue”
Response: Mmmmm … fetus.
“Do you even have a penis?”
From braceyourself in “Circumcision decisions should be left to those being circumcised”
Response: And the award for best comment of the year goes to … braceyourself!
Although I wish I didn’t know so much about his swimsuit area — oh, the nightmares.
Mark Brockway is a political science senior.