A revolution is at hand, and the consequences could fundamentally change the identity of the Internet — or, more precisely, your identity within it.
Websites and social networks are increasingly changing the structure of their comments sections in an attempt to breathe civility back into what many see as the Wild West of the Web. Some publications have moved to tie user names to public profiles, while others have adopted systems that promote relevant comments over recent ones. Still others have gotten rid of commenting altogether.
Last fall, Popular Science made the decision to kill its comment sections, citing a recent study that showed uncivil comments not only polarize readers but often change their interpretation of a given news story. The 141-year-old magazine went so far as to claim “comments can be bad for science.”