We knew when we ran a photo on last week's cover of actress Gigi DeLizza about to taste an oyster that we might get some reaction from people concerned about objectification and exploitation (of a lovely woman, not oysters—but you never know). We did get a few reactions—right where we love to see them, in the comments section at the bottom of the www.indyweek.com version of the story. "I dearly despise the commodification and sexual objectification of women," said one commenter, "but I love oysters."
Since we began accepting comments at the end of last year, we've had hundreds of people take the time to write their reactions to everything from news stories to theater reviews, restaurant listings to concert recaps, legislative analyses to wine columns. We held off accepting online comments for a while, fearful they'd become nasty and need constant monitoring. But that hasn't been the case. While we still keep track of what people are saying to make sure it remains polite, we've rarely had to remove a comment. Instead, they've made for lively, intelligent and illuminating discussions. For instance:
And people used comments to point out when we made mistakes and when we missed the boat: We got lots of suggestions for concerts we missed in our recap of 2006's best music shows—the Avett Brothers, Old Ceremony, Alejandro Escovedo, Silver Jews and the Subdudes.
And we're still waiting to hear from you (and the Friends of the Oysters).