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Commenting on comments

Warning: This is a pretty trivial post in the finest traditions of blogging navel-gazing. You may want to skip it if you don’t like that sort of thing.

So Craig just shut off comments on his blog. Obviously, it’s his blog and he can do what he wants. It’s an interesting subject, though.

I’m always a little wary of blogs that don’t allow comments. For a while, it seemed rare for top tier right-wing blogs to have comments. I understand Craig’s comment about them being tedious. There’s definitely value in having a place just to vent, and if you constantly have to defend yourself, well, it’s annoying. I’m pretty sure I’d find comments a lot more tiresome than I do if every serious post I made had a comment disagreeing and demanding a response from me. On the other hand, there’s also some value in allowing someone to put up a counterpoint to your thoughts. Maybe it’s tedious, but it also keeps you honest. If you know you’ll get ripped for saying something dumb, you’re going to think twice before put up half-assed commentary. You will if you’re honest, anyway. Then again, maybe we’re so set in our ideologies that it doesn’t matter.

So I won’t say it’s “stifling dissent” or anything so overwrought, but closing comments is removing a check on your opinions, even if it’s a very noisy and tedious check. That’s a little disappointing.

C’est la vie, I suppose.

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  1. July 9, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I don’t get this at all. I don’t find comments tedious at all. I get some rank ones – a couple of right wingers who take me on and give me hell. I like it – this person called Checker is a smart ass, using a kinfe when all he has to do is probe with a gloved hand, so I just measure him on teh quality of his snarks. It’s worth doing.

    Craig is bitchy. He’s never liked it that people chime and and give him a what-for. His attitude has always been “You fuckhead – you’re so stupidly wrong”. It’s kind of tedious. And I’m surprised you find comments tedious. You’ve had your greatest fun when people tell you your’re wrong, and that’s when a good exchange takes place. Light is a product of friction.

    Anway, tedium on both of you, and I’ll continue to enjoy each and every comment I get.

  2. July 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I don’t find comments tedious, but I can understand why someone would feel that way. I didn’t mean to imply otherwise. Comments are far and away the most interesting part of blogging to me. I just don’t get enough of them.

  3. July 10, 2008 at 2:18 am

    The only people I’ve treated like fuckheads are the ones who act like fuckheads.

    As for “removing a check on my opinions,” I’ll just say, “I refute it thus.”

  4. July 10, 2008 at 6:38 am

    I know, Craig. When people pat your ass, you’re pretty nice.

  5. Jay Stevens
    July 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

    Damn, and I wanted to comment on that 4th of July piece Craig wrote. I guess I’ll have to write my own post on it & co.

  1. July 11, 2008 at 6:20 am

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