Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014

We received more than our usual deluge of comment section complaints this week — and trust us, we get quite a few complaints about our comment section. A longtime listener even gave us a call early this week, wondering why the comment section "wasn't a more pleasant place." While we can't answer that question, we can say that we're glad that our comment boards are places where  a broad range of people feel comfortable leaving their thoughts, however terse. We maintain a rather high standard for comment moderation — no exceedingly explicit, violent or sexualized language, no spam ads, and the like — and we think the forum that results is a wide representation of the people who listen to our broadcasts on air and online. Is it a perfect place? Far from it. But we stand behind it.

The Most Listened-To Shows Online (October 17, 2014 — October 24, 2014)

1) #GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making (October 23, 2014)

2) Week In The News: Market Mess, Ebola Alarm, Election Hits The Home Stretch (October 17, 2014)

3) American Presidents Aren't All That Great (October 20, 2014)

4) Understanding Our Wild World Markets (October 23, 2014)

5) Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself (October 20, 2014)

Our Favorite Guest Quotes From This Week

"I doubt that Ebola will affect the longterm care that we have for each other....but we'll have to wait and see." Rev. Herman Browne

"We need a transactional president, not a transformational one." — Aaron David Miller 

"We are pro-social beings. Studies show individuals who interact more live longer and better." — Nick Kristof

"Democrats have boxed themselves in, thinking women only want to talk about birth control." — Charles Ellison

Our Favorite Comments (Facebook, Twitter and Disqus) From This Week

"'They're reviewing video games, what's the big deal?' - @OnPointRadio, I love this quote, going to get this quote tattooed on my face" (@CaseyMalone)

"Political ads!?! Most of us in Iowa are now bleeding from the ear #cantescape #Election2014 #wakemewhenitsover" (@StephanieC_IA)

"my top story=birth of my daughter! Not the story youre after-but in a crazy world, life continues!" (@rkbgeiger)

"The reason we feel afraid when thinking about or watching something fearful is because the subconscious mind doesn't know the difference between real and imagined." (Lydia Norris)

Our Favorite Bit Of Internet This Week

This beautiful and fact-filled collection of curious color information from the NPR Viz Team. (NPR News / Look at This)


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