Over the last 3 years, it seems like every news site on the planet with a significant following has turned off comments & feedback. I think that's what really spurred it on. There were always people calling out shit journos in the comments sections of cesspools like VICE - sometimes to great effect.I checked Dissenter earlier this week to see what interesting info was being posted and all the comments were on youtube videos by nobodies. What a good idea thats being wasted here.
edit: I check it again and its suddenly good, though it still needs a layout update. I guess something must have happened recently to make people want to get around censorship?
Rather than hire talent, rather than hold themselves to a higher standard, news sites doubled down on clickbait and turned off all their comments.
Dissenter made a splash because a lot of folks'd been shut up against their will for a long time.