For a short period at the end of 2014, it appeared that publishers had reached a breaking point in their ongoing struggle with reader comments.

Within a few weeks of each other, Recode, Mic, The Week, and Reuters all announced that they were closing down their comment sections.

Steven Bochco Pat Boone Ben Bradlee Drew Carey Billy Connolly Sam Donaldson Janeane Garofalo Ice-T Ron Jeremy Bill Maher Judith Martin Michael Medved David Milch Alanis Morissette Kevin Smith Tera Patrick Hunter S.

In its over sixty-year run, writers sat in the front rows for the birth for hard bop, free jazz, punk, no wave, and hip-hop, and all manner of downtown experimentalism in-between and after.

Amongst the many remembrances from current and former oral history, one from editor and writer Camille Dodero stands out: “The alt-weekly’s purpose was, in theory, speaking truth to power and the ability to be irreverent, and print the word ‘fuck’ while doing so.’” Mission accomplished many times over, as you can see yourself in Google’s archive, featuring 1,000 scanned issues going all the back to 1955, when Norman Mailer founded the paper with Ed Fancher, Dan Wolf, and John Wilcock.

For just as long, many have agonized over the value of the conversations that rage in the space below a story.

There’s plenty of debate over the issue, as newsrooms struggle with moderation, the value of anonymity among commenters, and, in some cases, the legal issues that arise from what’s said in the comments.

There are “blind spots” in Google's archive of the .

In 2009, his “searches didn’t turn up any coverage of Norman Mailer’s 1969 campaign or the Stonewall riots…1.5 million shirt sales later, we're still the largest offensive t-shirt company online. Our shirts have been worn by celebrities like Mark Cuban, Lewis Black, Slash, Robert Smith of the Cure & have been featured in magazines like Playboy, Maxim, and Elle Girl. Initialisms similar to RTFM include "STFW" ("search the fucking web"), "GIYF" ("Google is your friend") and "LMGTFY" ("let me Google that for you"). Cleve Moler has since revealed that a visit to Argonne National Laboratory by Tektronix software manager Ned Thanhouser (grandson of Edwin Thanhouser) during the development of MATLAB led to the anonymous quote.These indicate that the questioner could have easily found the answer to their question on the World Wide Web. I also imagine this is how you might talk when you’re rich, and most of the people you encounter are rich, and it’s been a long time since you’ve gone anywhere without car service. I went to the show in Inglewood not too long ago, and it was completely diatribe-free.