One of the more notable recent developments in Philippine online journalism was probably the inception of Rappler late last year. It describes itself as a “social news network” run by veteran journalists and young digital natives.
But it was disappointing that it didn’t have a comments section on its pages. Sure, the social media buttons helped — for sharing, liking, tweeting. After all, Rappler was supposed to be about engaging people into intelligent conversation.
But having the readers’ comments on the page is still different. It empowers readers to be almost on the same level of exposure as the content producer himself. It also allows readers to criticize the content and its producer directly.
And now — I don’t know when they started it — Rappler is enriched with a commenting system on every page.
Here’s to a more engaged and transparent community!