I noticed in the Jackson Family Drama thread that a couple of folks came by just to let us know that they do not care about the Jackson Family or their drama one iota. This is far from unique and I’ve even seen it from posters that I know to be smart, entertaining and generally benevolent folks.
This is not a pitting (unless the mods make it so) as I’m not ear-scratchingly annoyed by this behavior or anything, I just wonder what the internal process is that occurs to create posts like this?
As an example, I care not one bit about Dr. Who. I’ve never seen the series and while I’m sure it’s brilliant, it isn’t currently on my to-watch list. As a result, I do not read Dr. Who threads because I can’t imagine what I’d get out of them and I’m quite certain I cannot add to the conversation, being completely unfamiliar with the content.
So my question is, if you are someone who does/has done this–what compels you into the thread in the first place? Do you generally think it’s about something else entirely and, upon figuring it out, decide that you aren’t interested? Is it a subtle reproach of folks who are interested in the subject matter? A desire to join the conversation but lack of knowledge about the subject? Is it something else entirely?
Need answer whenever.
Side note: I’ve seen this behavior IRL but it’s usually done with the intent to derail the current conversation to a new subject altogether i.e. “Aw, I don’t really like football–but hey, did you see that Celtics game last Sunday?” which seems like a weird tack for a topic-specific thread.