MIT Press, 2015

Endorsements

“Reagle demonstrates how complex online commentary actually is, from questions of identity raised by selfies and sockpuppets to online debates both serious and silly. Reading the Comments makes it clear how vital the web’s marginalia has become as a cultural outlet.”
Clay Shirky, Associate Professor, New York University, and author of Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody

“Reagle approaches ‘the bottom of the web’ with the insight—and humor—the topic deserves. By urging us to take seriously an aspect of the digital ecosystem many of us try to ignore, Reagle skillfully navigates a landscape of virulent abuse, shameless promotion, and legitimate insight hidden in the comments and reviews of the web. This is a must-read for people trying to understand the challenges of encouraging productive participation online.”
Ethan Zuckerman, Director, Center for Civic Media, MIT

“In Reading the Comments, Joseph Reagle exposes the powerful social, cultural, and political implications of comments in the digital age. Entertaining and informative, critical and insightful, this book is an eye-opener for anyone who has ever written a comment, clicked the like button, or asked ‘WTF?’ when reaching the ‘bottom of the web.’
Limor Shifman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of Memes in Digital Culture

Reviews

Lao, M. G. (2016). Review of "Readings the comments: Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom of the Web". International Journal of Communication. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5938/1720

Aronczyk, M. (2016). Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom of the web. New Media & Society, 18(4), 677–679. http://doi.org/10.1177/1461444815621893

Erdélyi, L. (2016, April 1). La rebelión de las masas. El Pais. Retrieved from http://www.elpais.com.uy/cultural/rebelion-masas-comentarios-internet-reagle.html

Swan, A. L. (2016). Review of Reading the Comments. International Journal of Communication, 10. Retrieved from http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/view/5507/1615

Weisberg, J. (2016, February 25). We are hopelessly hooked. The New York Review of Books. Retrieved from http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/02/25/we-are-hopelessly-hooked/

Mihalo, W. E. (2015). Review of "Reading the Comments". Computing Reviews, (CR143767 (1512-1019)). Retrieved from http://www.computingreviews.com/review/Review_review.cfm?review_id=143767&listname=search

Thompson, S. A. (2015). Book review: Reading the comments: Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom half of the Web. Consumption Markets & Culture, 1–3. http://doi.org/10.1080/10253866.2015.1110891

McMillan, L. (2015, October). Review. Retrieved November 19, 2015, from http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/oct15

Ulmi, N. (2015, November 6). The dark, decaying underbelly of online commenting. World Crunch. Retrieved from http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/the-dark-decaying-underbelly-of-online-commenting/c3s19981/

Comment survivre à l'ère du commentaire. (2015, October 21). Le Temps. Retrieved from http://www.letemps.ch/2015/10/21/survivre-ere-commentaire

Nagle, A. (2015, October 1). Take that: Review of Reading the Comments. Dublin Review of Books. Retrieved from http://www.drb.ie/essays/take-that

Pasquale, F. (2015, September 28). How to tame an Internet troll. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://m.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Tame-an-Internet-Troll/233357/

Brabazon, T. (2015, August 27). Reading the comments: Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom of the web, by Joseph M. Reagle Jr. Times Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/books/review-reading-the-comments-joseph-reagle-mit-press

"Reading the Comments" Summary. (2015, July 27). Retrieved July 27, 2015, from http://www.getabstract.com/en/summary/industries/reading-the-comments/24668?st=COMPETENCY&si=18. (Also appeared in Vietnam News (2015, July 31) and Business Traveler (2015, July 30).)

Kalpokas, I. (2015, July 24). Book review: Reading the comments: Likers, haters, and manipulators at the bottom of the web. Retrieved July 24, 2015, from http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2015/07/24/book-review-reading-the-comments-likers-haters-and-manipulators-at-the-bottom-of-the-web/

Eyestone, D. (2015, July 21). If you can't say anything nice, save it for the internet. PopMatters. Retrieved from http://www.popmatters.com/review/195079-reading-the-comments-likers-haters-and-manipulators-at-the-bottom-of/

van der Nagel, E. (2015, July 16). Fakers, makers and takers. Inside Story. Retrieved from http://insidestory.org.au/fakers-makers-and-takers

Uphoff, H. (2015). Review of "Reading the Comments". Library Journal. Retrieved from http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2015/07/books/nonfic/sci-tech/a-quest-for-sustainable-meat-history-of-alzheimers-race-medicine-cardio-reads-science-technology-reviews-july-2015/

Williams, Z. (2015, June 25). "Reading the Comments" review. The Guardian. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/25/reading-the-comments-likes-haters-web-joseph-m-reagle-jr-review

O'Connell, M. (2015, June 17). It's comments all the way down. New Yorker. Retrieved from http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/its-comments-all-the-way-down

Crowley, D. (2015). Books. Frieze Magazine, (172). Retrieved from http://frieze.com/issue/article/books2047/

Barekat, H. (2015, June 6). Encounters with the nastiest people on the Internet. The Spectator. Retrieved from http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/9545572/encounters-with-the-nastiest-people-on-the-internet/

Strom, D. (2015, March 27). Faking Internet comments and reviews [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://blog.strom.com/wp/?p=4775

Interviews and Articles

Reagle, J. (2015, September 22). Online comment: Likers, haters and manipulators at the bottom of the web media. Utne Reader Online. Retrieved from http://www.utne.com/media/online-comment-ze0z1509zgre.aspx

Salvo, P. D. (2015, July 9). Perché dobbiamo leggere i commenti. Wired.it. Retrieved from http://www.wired.it/internet/web/2015/07/09/reading-the-comments-libro-commenti/

Reagle, J., & Quaintance, M. (2015, May 24). Whitney Phillips and Joseph M.Reagle. Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://studiovisitshow.com/2015/05/24/whitney-philips-and-joseph-m-reagle/

Reagle, J. (2015, May 26). How do internet trolls justify their nasty, misogynist, life-ruining behavior? Retrieved June 1, 2015, from http://www.alternet.org/books/how-do-internet-trolls-justify-their-nasty-misogynist-life-ruining-behavior

Reagle, J. (2015, May 22). Oops: “This is what life is like in the world of social media”. Pop Matters. Retrieved from http://www.popmatters.com/feature/193535-reading-the-comments-likers-haters-and-manipulators-at-the-bottom-of/

Reagle, J., & Munson, J. (2015, May 26). Reading the comments. Retrieved May 26, 2015, from http://www.wpr.org/shows/reading-comments

Reagle, J., & Guiney, N. (2015, May 24). Ideas: Is it worth reading the comment section? The Boston Globe. Retrieved from http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2015/05/23/worth-reading-comment-section/wualCMb0LEBtHEazz9qfRP/story.html

Mulligan, J., & Reagle, J. (2015, April 27). Joseph Reagle and his book looking at comment culture. Retrieved April 27, 2015, from http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/eight-till-noon-with-jesse-mulligan/audio/201752065/joseph-reagle

Reagle, J. (2015, April 30). The social graph won't save us from what's wrong with online reviews. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/the-social-graph-wont-save-us-from-whats-wrong-with-online-reviews-40743

Scott, D. (2015, March 5). Why I've posted 27,000 times to one online forum [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://talkingpointsmemo.com/theslice/confessions-of-an-online-forum-loyalist-in-facebook-reddit-era

Carroll, M. S. (2015, January 9). Commenting on comments: Why are comments on stories so awful & how can we improve them? [Web log message]. Retrieved from https://medium.com/@matthewscarroll/commenting-on-comments-why-are-comments-on-stories-so-awful-how-can-we-improve-them-5f88ac23de42

Lynch, T. W., & Reagle, J. (2014, March 10). Taming the trolls: An interview with Web culture guru Joseph Reagle. Retrieved March 10, 2014, from http://www.reviewed.com/features/an-interview-with-web-culture-guru-joseph-reagle