Another experience over at PZ Myers’ blog today convinced me that, generally speaking, a comments box cannot serve as a place for dialogue.
I’ve written about Professor Myers before. He’s the teacher on the faculty at University of Minnesota – Morris who has a very popular personal blog for discussing his atheistic views.
At any rate, I made the mistake of participating in the comments box on another post today, and my conclusion is that there’s no way to have a dialogue in the comments box over there. For every one comment I would post, there would be 10 comments in response, and there was simply no way to keep the conversation going. After posting comment #131, I decided to leave the conversation.
So my conclusion today: Dialogue happens in a dyad…. that is, between two people. As soon as you add a third party, fourth party, etc., the waters begin getting very murky indeed.