It’s exceptionally sad to me to see a 141 year old magazine, Popular Science, shutting off commenting on its website because the effect that trolling comments is actually having on shaping people’s opinions about the issues presented.
People still fear trolls. Or, at least, they avoid them. Maybe cross the river at other bridges, or decide not to cross the river at all?
It is precisely this type of story that motivates me to implement activities such as the Collaborative (T)Role-driven Reading Response. UW-Madison students, like others in higher education (and all students, I’d argue) should be able to negotiate past the trolls as they sift and winnow.
I invite you to help me think through and develop more of these and other crucial “non-academic” skills.