Seems as though it’s getting harder and harder to get discussions started on blogs - even those that you’d think would engender discussion.
For instance, on social and/or cultural issues such as those covered at The Good Men Project, where I visit frequently. (NOTE! Not an MRA site!) Lots of thought-provoking essays, quite a few with dozens of comments, but little or no interaction between them. Typically just one or two per reader, with no sense of a developing coversation.
Is it because comment sections are becoming associated with bots, trolls and morons no matter what the topic is? Are trendy formats like Twitter winning out over blogs the way blogs (supposedly) shoved aside web fora like SDMB, and web fora long ago drained the life out of newsgroups?
Where, besides here and maybe nytimes.com, are people having intelligent discourses about real stuff that lasts longer than 140 characters? Is that once again a luxury reserved for those of us with deep social lives, who can have those conversations face to face? Maybe a luxury for everybody, now that we’re all about working two jobs to make ends meet and tuning out the bloodyminded bloviating that’s promoted by opinionmakers?