Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Who cares?

The comment situation is out of control over at Harriet. Who are these people? Who cares what they think? I can't go to the Poetry Foundation anymore, it's just too awful.

I'm beginning to think that comments aren't the problem, but blogging in general. We have hit peak blogging now haven't we? What's next. Something without comments please.

8 comments:

Matt said...

I finally weaned myself off of Harriet a few weeks ago. The only comment I feel like making these days is "pass the Tamiflu".

Jordan said...

Comments: Never had them, never will.

Corollary re Blogging: Been there, done that.

What's next: Twitter-mind either achieves singularity or pulls everybody tethered to it into the group-think ocean. I'm thinking ocean.

Chris Banks said...

Yeah, we seemed to have hit a critical mass for sure. I love your blog Sina because you encourage real discussion about poetry but so many other poetry blogs are just digital soap-boxes to puff someone up or to laud their own poetic tastes and as Donald Hall has said, "taste makes fools of us all." This is too bad because I think blogs can be really great tools. I thought about blogging for a time but it is just not for me. I'm going in the other direction. I'm buying a letterpress and going to build a little print shop in my basement.

Barbara Jane Reyes said...

Hi LH, Yes I too have stopped going over to Harriet, and to other places like Silliman's blog where comments do get out of control frequently. I don't really think the problem is blogging as much as it is how one blogs or regards his/her blog space, what s/he wishes to invite or maintain in that space. I used to think the not face to face interaction, and the distance enable us to be inconsiderate, but I also think folks who are e-bullies are probably bullies in person as well? For my own blog, I don't censor comments but I do make it a point not to indulge folks who are looking for a fight. Anyway, thanks for this post and for being in blog world.

R. said...

Well, you can always just turn comments off. I had a blog some years ago where I did that -- interaction was via plain old fashioned email. Nowadays I have a blog where I post bad poems for my friends to read and comments are turned on -- not a problem, since there's essentially no traffic, or comments.

The problem with a site like Harriet is that it becomes a platform. Anything with a lot of traffic becomes that. Read the comments on cbc.ca for example,
or even (often) on Silliman's blog. I've given up. Comments aren't dialogue, they're my/your/his/her 150ms of fame.

Tragedy of the commons; well known effect.

jason christie said...

In the spirit of no comments... o wait... I started to read the Poetry Foundation site about a year ago, but it was a combination of the articles becoming less and less interesting, and the comments devolving into the usual comparison between sticks that drove me away.

I've been off the blogging for a while now, questioning the limits of community... What does the potential for a boundless community joined around a virtual campfire mean?

word verification: budists... v.strange.

Nada said...

I completely disagree! I love comments when they are given with love and thought.

Chien B√Ętard said...

Hi all, again, just realizing that there were comments here in the first place...Nada, yes, absolutely, thought and love. More on this when I catch up...