The YouTube comment section has long been considered the worst place on the internet. You won't find much consensus about anything online, but one thing pretty much everyone can agree on - including, seemingly, the people at YouTube itself - is that the user-generated content beneath practically every video is a semi-literate cesspool. But for the last year I've been increasingly discovering - thanks in part to a longer-than-usual lull in employment - that everyone was wrong.
Wasting time looking up old songs, I'd sometimes glance at the comments below the videos and idly wonder at their inanity. But occasionally I would see something different - something that seemed more real, more honest than the usual white noise.