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Why do people not comment on blogs? The psychology and historical reasons

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Perplexing is that people can read something and not have anything to say. What are the historical and psychology causes?

At the dawn of democracy, listening was primarily an active activity. People would debate each other. A statement would be made, the listener would respond. Communication was interpersonal.

Peter Kreten states in his first draft review of the book “Listening Publics”:

[Kate] Lacey begins her case by defining listening as:

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Matt Maldre
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In this blog post I mention Peter Kreten’s drafts of a book review. Today he finished the final book review and submitted it to Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media. If you’d like to read the final review (it’s quite good), you can see it on his blog at: http://pkreten.blogspot.com/2014/01/it-is-finished.html

(Also, Peter Kreten is my cousin. I don’t think I mentioned that yet)

bodacious75
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bodacious75

Excellent. Comments, for me, invoke swill or non-comment. Or else my responses take too much time to craft if they are to be thoughtful. Really insightful on the digression of truly public discourse. Thanks for sharing.

Matt Maldre
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Thanks Bruce! True, sometimes comments can often be really base–especially on youtube and mass media articles. And you bring up a good point about it taking too much time to craft. But as a reader, the value I get from leaving comments on someone else’s blog is that I can use that kernel of thought in my comment to generate a longer form blog post on my blog. This particular blog post is a case example of that. I was reading my cousin’s blog, which brought up many good points. I left a few comments on his blog posts, and… Read more »

Marco Buscaglia
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For me, I think it’s a little of 4 and 5. Usually when I want to respond, I know I want to think it through for a bit and come up with something worthy of the post, so I plan on coming back to it later but usually don’t. In the instances when I do respond, I used to think about the possibility of putting something on someone else’s site or blog that I could put on my own. But I’m over that now. If anything, I’m much more appreciative of the ideas and starting points I get from you… Read more »

wilforbis
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Let me first note the irony that this is the first article I’ve commented on in a while – perhaps years. Why so? I think posting a meaningful comment—more than just “I agree” or vice versa—does take a decent chunk of time. I can read most articles in a minute or three, but writing a thoughtful and errorless comment can take many times that. I also think many comments seem to be people seeking some kind of validation – “Look at me! Recognize my opinion!” It’s taken my 40+ years but I’ve just gotten over that sort of thing. I’ve… Read more »

Scot Duke
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My blog viewers tell me they don’t comment due to them not wanting to receive notices on other people’s comments. Not sure there is a solution to that problem.

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Savas Papadopoulos
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Interesting article! What are you thoughts on the opposite question: why do people comment on blogs, news stories, forums, etc. I would be interested to hear your opinion / read your perspectives given your syndication experience

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