My friend and noted author Alan Dean Foster bunged this one over to me, and I couldn't in a million years put it as well. So much so, that I want to pass it on.
Quoted in Maureen Dowd's column from todays NY Times:
Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of The New Republic, recalled that when he started his online book review he forbade comments, wary of high-tech sociopaths.
“I’m not interested in having the sewer appear on my site,” he said. “Why would I engage with people digitally whom I would never engage with actually? Why does the technology exonerate the kind of foul expression that you would not tolerate anywhere else?”
Why must the common denominator be so common?