Because it fosters deep, meaningful exchanges between total strangers. For example, I just went to Statesman.com to check on the status of I-35 South. I'm teaching in Round Rock, need to get back to Austin in a timely fashion, and I-35 South has been closed for hours due to a wreck-- a tractor trailer caught on fire. While looking for updates, I found the following exchange of helpful comments from readers:
August 22, 2008 10:21 AM | Link to this
It looked like a mexican truck to me.
August 22, 2008 10:25 AM | Link to this
Dear Ben, You are a moran. you probably just masterbated.
August 22, 2008 10:37 AM | Link to this
At least he didn’t commit two spelling errors in two sentences.