Thursday, October 20, 2011
Blogoshere Instructs Mad Dog
I am new to blogs and, some would say, a neophyte in the new world of on line exchange.
But I do have this blog, so I'm trying.
Yesterday, I discovered Gail Collins has a blog with David Brooks and the way they do it is to post a back and forth between them and then you, as the reader can respond in this little box called "Comment."
I typed in my comment and used a friend's name and then...nothing. A little pop up said I'd get an email about my comment having been accepted. Nothing, so I typed in my comment again and seeing nothing in my email, gave up.
Later, I checked and found my two identical submissions among 90 others. A day later there were almost 300 comments, most of which made exactly the same points. There was no real exchange of ideas, no back and forth among the respondents.
But there is voting!
This confused me mightily. The first comment got 400 votes. You vote by checking a box called "Recommended." By around comment 100, nobody was getting any votes; Presumably very few people were reading past comment 100.
But then, a new discovery: One reader's comments were highlighted in blue as being judged particularly thoughtful, the explanation said. Who thought it was thoughtful was never explained. Gail Collins? David Brooks? Or some intern assigned to blog management?
The comment did seem to summarize many of the points made in about 200 of the submissions.
Yes, I did read through all the comments.
It was an mind numbing experience.
It has made me wonder: Why are we all doing this?
We are talking at each other, not with each other.
It reminded me of Samuel Johnson's question: Why is it there is so much writing, and so little reading?
I will have to think again about my own blog.
Posted by the phantom speaks at 4:44 PM