Voices feature is a welcome change of toneA change of tone, Dan?
By Dan Radmacher
If your only exposure to Voices of the Valleys, our new editorial page reader panel, is what we've published in Horizon these past few weeks, you're missing out.
We've been printing a sampling of some of the best responses to the questions we've asked of the panel every week on page 5 of this section.
But the most impressive part is what's been happening online. It's early, but a real community seems to be developing among the panelists. There's a genuine exchange of opinion by people who come at issues from a broad range of perspectives, but it has a far more civil tone to it than what is often seen online. [link]
That's not a tone. That's the sound of mass snoring.
Let me be up front. I read only the initial installment. Well, most of it. Before I fell into a coma.
Awful, Dan. It's awful.
Here's an example of that changed tone (from memory). Dan posed a question (earth-shattering I'm sure, though I've forgotten the question too), and a hand-picked group of readers respond:
Ernie from Podunk: "I really don't have an opinion on this topic."
Susie Homemaker: "I'm not an expert in this area, so ..."
Billy Shoelaces: "Because of the risk of offending your readers, I choose not to express an opinion one way or the other."
Betty Beanbrain: "I'm okay with it but I'm also against it. I'm really conflicted."
Tone, Dan? Here's the tone coming from your effort: