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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Policy change.

UPDATE: The America Magazine blog comment policy has been amended again. Commenters needn't be subscribers, but they MUST register. This strikes us as eminently fair. We will not take credit for this change, nor will be start swanning about smugly, because God hates it when we do that, and often makes His displeasure felt. Commenters here from said magazine will not be required to sign the Mandatum in order to comment. Only those with S.J. appended to their name.
America Magazine's blog now only allows comments from paid subscribers. A cynical person -- not I, but a cynical person -- might say this is a subtle but exceedingly effective way to sharply curtail dissenting* opinions in the combox discussions appended to each post. America Magazine and its blog has a clear ideological slant, and ideological slant is likely to be subsidized by those whose jib is similarly cut, and therefore, by excluding those whose ideological tilt would preclude them from financially supporting America Magazine with subscription dollars, the cynics might say, America Magazine has managed to institute a chilling effect on commenters who might bring an unwelcome viewpoint to online discussions.

In unrelated news, any commenter on this blog from America Magazine will be required to sign the Mandatum before the comment is posted.



* No, the irony is not lost on me.


  • At 9:11 PM, October 19, 2009 , Blogger beth said...

    You only have to be "registered"(which is free) to post comments. I think it's always been that way. At least for as long as I've been around. I certainly don't pay for a subscription and I comment all the time.

  • At 11:14 AM, October 20, 2009 , Blogger Joe said...


    Thanks for the update...there was an interim glitch that, for a few days there, required a commenter to be a subscriber to register.

    That has now been corrected and I have issued an update.

    Thanks again.


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