Internet comments! The conventional wisdom is that you’re never supposed to read them, because they’re so often terrible.* There’s even a Twitter account that’s purely built to periodically remind you to stay out of comment threads.
So I've been surprised, over the past couple weeks, to find myself really enjoying an account called Daily Mail Comments that simply aggregates the most jaw-droppingly bad comments from The Daily Mail, the UK tabloid. Some of the enjoyment just comes from perversity, and the rest, I think, comes from seeing what kind of absurd topics people can get worked into a lather about. Like being angry that survivors from a theater collapse weren't wearing coats.
More fashion analysis of the wounded from the Apollo Theatre- why weren't they wearing any coats?! pic.twitter.com/NLmPRpdgVz— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) December 20, 2013
on Alan Turing being pardoned after his "conviction" for homosexuality pic.twitter.com/lavvfezG4V— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) December 29, 2013
*(Minus TLDR ones, which are generally really nice and smart.)