I am constantly impressed by the erudition, involvement and good nature of Macfilos commentators. If you read Macfilos but don’t check the comments section you are making a mistake.
Quite often, especially when we have published a particular interpretation of fact, our commentators will weigh in with cogent arguments for or against the premise put forward in the main story. I find this encouraging and welcome.
Only this week there were two articles (one on the demise of Aperture, the other on the death of luxury) which pulled a few strings among our readers. The result was a plethora of constructive comment, most of it, it has to be said, disagreeing with statements I made in the article. All this is positive and puts Macfilos on a completely different level to sites which seem to bring out the worst in readers.
The great satisfaction from my point of view is that discussions are polite and well reasoned. We don’t seem to attract the sort of Leica-hate comments that plaque other sites. One reason for this, I suspect, is that the age profile of readers is relatively high. And they are an intelligent lot, not given to expletives and irascibility.
Next time you read a Macfilos article come back after a few days and check the comments. Often they make more sense — and you learn much more — than the original article.
Finally, a big thanks to all our regular participants. They are the bedrock. But please do add your views if an article piques your interest. At Macfilos you are assured of a polite reception and you will find that other readers will engage with you in the nicest possible way.