Constructive criticism

A sample of the insightful reaction from some of the engaged and sophisticated readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to news on Nov. 22 that Alden Capital was eyeing an acquisition of Lee Enterprises:

There is, of course, an explanation for some of this — why some people feel free to say things online that they most likely wouldn’t in person. Here’s a link to a 2004 academic paper that advanced some explanations: “The Online Disinhibition Effect.”