I no longer comment on Gawker... there's a good reason why.
Though after a spat with one of Gawker's staffers left me burnt because I dared speak up against the hateful words of another commenter, I continue to visit the site merely out of curiosity.
Today, I stumbled upon a video post of a Florida school board meeting, where a shooter attempted to murder (yes, MURDER) the members of that board.
I don't have too much pity for the plight of executives and the like, but I do not think that anyone deserves to be killed by a crazed shooter, no matter how much I dislike them. Sadly, the commenters at Gawker see it a different way.
After watching, and being horrified by this video, I scrolled down to see the comments. I assumed I'd find expressions of sympathy to those who endured this event (though none were killed or shot, except the shooter) and questions about why anyone would do such a thing, but I found something much different. What I found were asinine comments, jokes, fixations on wanting to see the close-up death of the shooter...mere mumblings of sadness, roaring laughter at what is, and will remain a tragic event.
This is exactly why I do not comment on Gawker anymore. This site has brought out the most repugnant of society. Gawker Media would sooner defend those who would disgust us all with messages of hate and filth, than protect the singular voice who might challenge the sickness amongst them. This very post is iconic of what is ruining our nation, and our world.
Soak it up my friends, this is why I boycott Gawker...why I choose to remain on Newsvine.