QUOTE(entspeak @ Jan 17 2011, 08:59 AM)
In the last year, I've noticed something that, while I'm it may not bother others, bothers me a little. Having read many blogs and the blog comments, I've always seen a difference between blogs and this site. In the (wow) seven years I've been a participant on this site, in my mind - with the exception of the Casual Conversation forum, it's never been akin to blogging. And, yet, more and more, I'm reading posts that really make for good blog material and not very good debate material. They aren't responses to rebuttals, they don't really address anything someone has said previously... they're just... blog posts... a journal entry, if you will. Or the posts resemble what one normally sees in blog comments... commentary with little in the way of actual engagement in the debate.
Has anyone else noticed this?
Is this something that should be addressed? If so, how?
is nothing like a blog. A blog is maintained by one person or one character with a group of writers who emulate the one character.
is a forum in the classic sense of the word. Everyone gets to participate. No one person or character dominates.
If someone ignores a rebuttal, it can mean that the someone has given up trying to make a point. It can also mean that the rebuttal really wasn't worth a counter-rebuttal. Debaters in all environments, from a family squabble to a formal competition, often let rebuttals go without any further comment.
I do this when the argument heads into unresolvable circles, the is-so-is-not stuff. That's no longer constructive debate, just bickering. I also lose patience with people who think that parsing is actually building an argument.
The thing that
lacks is a panel of judges that awards points to debate teams. There's no concept of winning or losing, other than what individuals think to themselves.
It is rather entertaining when debate tricks are attempted here, such as stuffing words into another debater's mouth. That's usually called out right away.
Blogs have changed since their inception as well. Some do have threads of comments that emulate debate, as do the comments on news stories. Perhaps these should be renamed blog-bates or deblogs.
Another thing that needs to be kept in mind is that people get pulled away from debates on this site to do other things, such as making a living.