Social media among reasons for Steve Kelley’s retirement

Steve Kelly’s getting getting out of the journalism business at the end of the month.

The long-time Seattle Times columnist said he’s retiring because he’s tired of writing the same story over and over, and he also told Rick Anderson of The Seattle Weekly that social media has taken the fun out of his job.

“The reader comments section, it’s a free-for-all,” Kelley says. “The level of discourse has become so inane and nasty. And it’s not just at the Times, it’s ESPN, everywhere – people, anonymous people, take shots at the story, writers, each other. Whatever you’ve achieved in that story gets drowned out by this chorus of idiots.”


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