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Jacket Copy switching to Facebook comments system

Comments Later today, Jacket Copy will switch from its current comments system to comments through Facebook.

The new commenting system requires you to sign in through your Facebook account to leave a comment. People without Facebook accounts will not be able to leave comments -- so if you haven't got a Facebook account yet, and you've got to say something about the Lady Gaga-Slavoj Žižek rumor, now's the time to sign up.

As a commenter, you'll have the option of posting your Jacket Copy comment on your Facebook wall, but that's not required.

Comments will instantly post, rather than waiting for moderation as they have up until now.

The change is part of the evolution of Jacket Copy and several other Times blogs; you can see it in action on our music blog, Pop & Hiss.

In March, Jimmy Orr, the Los Angeles Times managing editor in charge of latimes.com, discussed the use of Facebook for comments in greater depth on our Readers' Representative Journal.

Tell us what you think about Facebook comments on Jacket Copy below. It's OK, we can take it.

-- Lisa Fung, Martin Beck and Carolyn Kellogg

Image: a screenshot of the Facebook comments system in action on Pop & Hiss.

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It is very disappointing that Jacket Copy is going this direction, or that anyone would for that matter. I do not have a Facebook account, and I never will. The potential breadth and richness of discussion will diminish, I'd say considerably, over time.

Everyone's loss.

I think it's tremendous! Way to keep up with the times (no pun intended). A good way for commentors to be held accountable for the sometimes defamatory and sensationalistic nonsense often brought to a conversation here. Kudos L.A. Times! If those who don't have a facebook account don't want to adapt with the changing tide, leave them behind. Those with something to say they feel is truly important will sign up if they haven't already.

Instead of inviting comments by using the Facebook commenting system, you are discouraging them. I have a FB account but I do not want to use it to leave comments all over the webm including the LA Times. Facebook has enough information about me without it seeing what I do when I am off the site. In my www experience, I prefer that there is some fragmantation between my online interactions. Though I always sign in with the same name/link to my website, I am uncomfortable with one company so shaky on privacy administering not just their website, but yours also. Please make commenting with Facebook an option and not a necessity. That is the most inclusive and logical option.

Further infantilization of America - I noticed recently that LA Times moved the comments section to FaceBook, that idiotic thing with little pictures, comments written without caps, and absurd rules -
Now the books blog does the same - by-bye, take it as a "I dislike you" and good riddance -

Oh good -- add to the Facebook-ization of the world; make yet another round of trying to grapple with and figure privacy settings and settings to keep you from blasting the world with your opinion, force LA Times blogs readers to support Facebook. Why don't you make it mandatory that you buy a Starbucks coffee before you can comment too?

The Times making itself irrelevant, as if the practice wasn't happening quickly enough.

I won't be commenting with Facebook. Or, if more blogs continue to switch to this mandate, I'll end up creating a different Facebook account. I keep Facebook private. I have no problem with using a Twitter profile or other public account to comment, but the privacy implications of using Facebook are huge. Granted, I will still share items from Jacket Copy to Facebook, but in a way only my friends will see, not a way in which all Jacket Copy readers will see.

i hate that this is happening everywhere, with facebook's privacy settings constantly changing & their archives becoming a creepy Big Brother. i won't comment on any website that uses this system, as i'd rather not have some off-hand remark i made on a blog years ago be a potential reason i dont land a job or get elected to some public office i currently don't have the foresight to predict i'll even want to run for... etc etc. and i don't think it's overly neurotic to harbor that paranoia! all things considered, i'm surprised you'd make the switch.

Re Josh: [...] A good way for commentors to be held accountable for the sometimes defamatory and sensationalistic nonsense often brought to a conversation here. [...]

I agree with Josh, and I support his view (loved by liberals) that voting MUST be made public, and broadcasted, etc., - this is the right way to keep people accountable for their political and otherwise views - and punish them if they err from the party line -
Nice job, Josh -

Still, Josh bab', if one wants to express his/her "controversial views while being anonymous, why bother to visit LA Times and not go straight to whatever site you want to proceed accordingly? Plenty of them, and uniformly more interested than this rag of "PenySaver's" actuality tha LA Times has became -

Los Angeles Times will further lose clicks, because this move, besides hooking up the paper with that crap FaceBook (which is consistently getting bad press, for form, practices and demography), will be rightly be understood as yet another attempt to control the content of the comments -

Josh, the Big Brother is watching you - Josh, are you the Big Brother? Methinks so -

Lose, lose, lose, baby - good riddance -
LA Tim


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