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Akira on Decolonizing the Anisphere

Akira expressed a few similar thoughts to ones I’ve encountered over the years with regards to blogging in the anisphere, and I have some thoughts I would like to extend on his reply:

Perhaps it’s not Twitter, but SCCSAV that will ultimately change the way we look at blogging. What I’ve laid out here is probably more a blueprint for what I consider to be steps in the right direction. [...]

Perhaps the solutions I’ve offered aren’t particularly new or innovative, but I do think that colonization is a real problem. There has to be some way to push through these norms to something better, no? Then again, there are always those who opt to not engage in conversation. I think that’s absolutely fine. I just think that form, format and tradition shouldn’t be barriers for those wishing to engage in discourse.

There are a number of problems with urging anibloggers to hold distributed discussion through their blogs rather than comment sections. Primarily, there is the [ego-driven] desire to host discussions in the context of their own blog, and it is warranted for there are very few methods of feedback other than comments. Comments provide a fundamental reassurance that people are reading a blog’s content, though inconsequential for some.

A smaller issue I find is the politeness of bloggers, where it may seem like an asshole move to [indirectly] comment on another’s entry through a post of their own. If I regularly read and commented on a blog, then suddenly shifted to write responses on my own blog, I feel the loss of that reader’s comments, does have impact, even though the function is quite similar. Such action creates a distance between bloggers, arguably for better [or worse].

How do we adjust if we wish for blogging to take on this kind of distribution? Personally, the answer does not lie in Twitter, SCCSAV, nor IRC. This is a matter of blogs, and the cleanest solution is found through this medium.

A first step would be for bloggers to withhold their comments and transform their responses into partially or fully-fledged ideas for their own site. I have done this in the past, and will continue doing so to a greater extent in the future. The next step would be in discouraging discussion within the context of a blog, with the simplest method being to disable comments on source and response. It is a wild idea, but even here I have begun disabling comments on posts after 0-7-14 days (this post too, will have no comments).

As I mentioned in my original comment to Akira, I believe the trend of comment-based discussion was an inherited trend from early bloggers in the anisphere, and the bloggers today are less-inclined to explore other mechanisms. Hands must be forced, but I do not foresee influential bloggers needing to or wanting to move in this direction.

Note: This post is a valueless reference, as well as a wall, and due to tweaks in technology (ACE), this post will not be published to the site’s feed. Enjoy!

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