Monday, June 12, 2006

Tyler Cowen Rationalizes Comment Policy

Readers of Marginal Revolution have probably noticed that on most immigration posts Tyler and his coblogger have been disabling comments. Tyler says that's because of the low quality of the comments on emotionally charged issues. Not only that but protecting himself from humiliation on his own blog is actually in the interest of free and open debate, "stochastically speaking and properly construed over time." He also cautions not to "overanalyze this." I guess he's already done that for us (e.g. "stochastically speaking and properly construed over time," censorship promotes the exchange of ideas, which I take to mean his ideas). Very libertarian of him, right?

Comments on "Tyler Cowen Rationalizes Comment Policy"


Blogger Vinteuil said ... (11:06 AM) : 

One can certainly see why Prof. Cowen might have been distressed by the low quality of many of the comments on his immigration posts that *supported his own position!*


Blogger Hans Gruber said ... (1:46 PM) : 

I wouldn't go quite that far, though I do think the restrictionists were generally winning the debate. There was some good debate in his comments, but I can see why he thought it wasn't in his best interest to welcome criticism.


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