So we're halfway through 2013.
And you might be wondering. How am I doing with my resolution to no longer read comments tacked onto www.spokesman.com content that I wasn't involved in producing?
The answer is "Pretty good." Had a few slips, but mostly I have stuck to my plan.
I have to say, it has improved my outlook on humankind.
Now neither The Slice Blog nor the online copies of my print column get many comments. (For the most part, my readers subscribe to the actual newspaper.) But except for dyspeptic feedback from those poor anonymous souls forced against their will to read my offerings on this website, most Slice-related online comments are quite congenial. In fact, I have become fond of many of my blog-commenting regulars.
But comments elsewhere on this site, well, you know what it's like.
The agent in "Tootsie" could have begged those folks to get some therapy, but I doubt that they would have listened.
I realize my policy throws the baby out with the troll water. But I have yet to come up with a better plan.