After a few weeks of Red Room membership, I have noticed that blogs with even the most interesting and/or provocative ideas usually elicit little or no comment immediately below them. Given that Red Room members, as a group, must have both intellectual curiosity and active imaginations, it seems odd that there would be so few reactions to blog posts.
For example, even one hour in a typical faculty club or lounge in academia would result in more intellectual engagement among those present than an entire three- weeks of comments on Red Room blog posts. [I am NOT referencing or lamenting the absence of negative or disrespectful comments, since Red Room policies frown on and discourage them.]
I have "brainstormed" below some possible reasons and would appreciate any additions,deletions and amendments from other members:
1. Red Room's private communication and connection channels are the preferred mode for most comments on blogs, accounting for the small number of public comments. [Being new and not having connections or friends who joined with me, I am unfamiliar with the extent of this mode's use.]
2. Red Room has an etiquette and/or unwritten protocol of respecting the privacy of others' blogs, making the posting of uninvited comments an inappropriate intrusion except for members that are friends with each other. [ If, as a new member, I have violated this protocol, I sincerely apologize.]
3. Red Room blogs are viewed by its members as primarily (1) expressive outlets (safety values to release pent-up tensions) and (2) message boards rather than media for intellectual engagement and reactions.
4. Writers join Red Rooom primarily to give increased visibility to or promote their own writing, and typically keep their focus on that writing and their personal affairs rather than wasting time engaging others in public comments concerning their writing.
5. Many of the posted blogs are primarily informational tidbits and/or trivia and hence do not merit or require any comment.
Perhaps long-time members will post comments for the benefit of me and others if I have overlooked or mistated any reasons. [I will not consider their initiative as a privacy intrusion.]
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