The Gist: Maria Konnikova on negative Internet comments, and the ethical practices of GM’s lawyers.

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June 18 2014 5:51 PM

Should We Ditch Internet Comments?

The Gist explores research on the effects of negative commenting, and the morality of GM’s attorneys.

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Do nasty comments affect how readers perceive an article? Maria Konnikova of The New Yorker discusses research on the psychology of negative Internet comments. Then, in light of GM CEO Mary Barra’s testimony before the House on Wednesday, law professor David Luban explains why lawyers sometimes hide or compartmentalize information to protect their companies from liability. For the Spiel, Mike does the numbers.

Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.