Thus I was pleasantly surprised by the well written and thoughtful comments following this New York Times online story about actor Peter Dinklage, winner of an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. The story illustrates the arc of Dinklage’s career, from starving artist to successful actor, and discusses his refusal to play elves or leprechauns. It’s a good story about an interesting person, and, for the most part, the commenters maintained civility, even when disagreeing with points in the article or with each other.
I was even more pleased to read the following observation about American work ethics from someone in India:
“…There is only one country in this world where sheer merit, talent and hard work are still very very likely to be rewarded in one's lifetime, and that's something Americans are and should continue to be proud of.”