Thursday, June 30, 2005
Dialogue Blogging: superior to Monologue Blogging
Blogs almost always need comments to be of maximum value to both author and readers.
There are almost no exceptions to this general rule.
I have yet to think of one, though I know of comment-deprived blogs.
A link log is the only exception I know of.
A link log is like Robot Wisdom, (of Jorn Barger, and one of the earliest pioneering blogs) which simply collects and provides links that the blogger thinks will be relevant, of value, or interesting to the readers.
I. Dialogue Blogging is superior to Monologue Blogging
Dialogue = two voices = back and forth = conversation = expressing oneself and receiving the expressions of an other = two-way communication = mutual interaction of sender and receiver with message transmission = one message generates multiple messages.
Monologue = one voice = shut up and listen to me = you are of no value = my ideas and opinions shall be proclaimed, and I don't want to hear from you = passive absorbing of message = one message remains rigidly isolated from other messages.
Dialogue Blogging = blogger/author posts are accompanied by posted reader comments, via comment text entry form or, less ideally, via email to blogger/author.
Blog visitors are encouraged, directly asked, to add comments.
Blogger/Author seeks two-way conversation, not sermon pulpit.
Blogger/Author is humble, teachable, open to others, inquisitive, altruistic.
Blogger/Author desires to communicate in a mutual exchange of information for mutual benefit and further enlightenment, acquired via reader critique of, and contributions to, blog content.
II. Quotes from THE MIRACLE OF DIALOGUE by Reuel L. Howe
(The Seabury Press, Minneapolis, 1963)
* "...in monologue a person is concerned only for himself...others exist to serve and confirm him." (p.36)
* "The communication of such a [monologueing] person is parasitical, anxious, and lacking in creative impulses and possibilities." (p. 36)
* "His communication is parasitical because he is not really interested in others and values them only according to the feelings they produce in him." (p.36)
* "He is anxious because he seeks confirmation of himself, is afraid of personal encounter, and tolerates only agreement with himself and his ideas." (p. 36)
* "And he is uncreative because his word is a closed, not open, one; that is, he seeks to present his own meaning as final and ultimate." (p. 36)
* "Dialogue is that address and response between persons in which there is a flow of meaning between them in spite of all the obstacles that normally would block the relationship." (p. 37)
* "...a person comes into being only in relation....when a relationship is broken and abandoned, the person as a person dies. This impression is confirmed when we visit a mental hospital and see there people who have been so severely hurt in the milieu of relationship that they have withdrawn from it altogether. The lifeless expressions on their faces indicate clearly that the spark of personhood has disappeared." (p. 86)
* "The dialogical person is a open person, one who is known first by his willingness and ability to reveal himself to others, and, secondly, by his willingness and ability to hear and receive their revelation." (p. 71)
Blogs are ideally, in most situations and applications, dialogical.
Even with behind-the-firewall intra-corporate project collaboration or information dissemination blogs, dialogue is vital.
Employees need to be able to post comments, questions, clarifications, to the information a fellow employee has posted to the blog. In this application, it's strongly suggested that a Recent Comments sidebar link list be used, so users can click-select any comment that seems interesting, and go right to it.
Blogs are ideal for two-way conversation, or for information interaction. Even if it's not technically a "conversation", still there generally needs to be interaction with the message or information. There usually needs to be the availability of questioning, supplementing, updating, or revising the information from the user side.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
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Posted by steven edward streight at 6/30/2005 06:09:00 PM