I tend to be very happy with reading websites through their syndicated feeds rather than directly. Recently, with all the political and economic ferment, I’ve become even happier. It’s a cesspool out there. If the original author of the piece is not an idiot, then at least 90% of the people who comment on the piece are. You see the same thing on USENET or IRC or any of the other older Internet media. But at least on IRC you can /kick them in the ass. There’s something about the level of discourse that makes you want to reach out and punch someone.