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Web-Logs, Forums, and Debates.

  1. May 13, 2007 #1
    Web-Logs, Forums, and Debates.

    Armchair Entertainment?

    It’s fun to get tangled up in thoughts, and ideas.
    Once upon a time, I remember a co-worker saying, “People need opinion”.

    As the popularity of these forums, “blogs”, and continued debates
    on just about every conceivable subject matter unfolds (especially here
    on Internet Web Sites), is there a gage forming out there
    somewhere to determine whether any of this dialog actually transforms into
    productive, useful inspiration toward “betterment”? Or negative discontent?

    Is it possible forums on all fronts merely contribute a 50/50 on both positive,
    and negative? (Like the forces of energy, and friction at opposites?)

    Are some of us taking from these discussions truly great “eureka’s”, while the
    other half yawn at the consequently naive, and “unanswerable”.

    Meaning, a moment of inspiration, and sense of understanding all-of-a-sudden
    takes place for some of us leading to a “Ya”?

    And the other side merely formulates that no new approaches or “angles” are really
    submitted, and that these written conversations are all really ending up as a kind of
    “keyboard masturbation”?

    The reason I’m thinking along these lines is how my self-awareness
    of the time I’ve spent reading what I’ve read on my computer screen,
    and the time devoted to forming these random thoughts into these questions
    has completely eroded away my Sunday afternoon.

    Yet, I’ve enjoyed myself.
    So maybe that’s what these dialogs are for?
    Armchair or keyboard entertainment, and enjoyment?

    Tossing `em out there,

    John
     
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  3. May 14, 2007 #2
    Seems to me all this internet talk is just a consequence of the fact that office people are tied to computers the whole day long. It's the best way to procrastinate while giving the appearance that you are actually working.

    As to being "enlightened" by the stuff one reads on the web, it must be kept in mind that it is mostly the opinion of geeks, nerds, and social misfits. It's a very one-sided debate, and not a particularly enlightnened one.
     
  4. May 15, 2007 #3

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    I'm pretty confident that there is merit in having the ability to share real-time views, stories, opinions, and arguments with people around the globe and not just at the local coffee shop.

    However, I do have to agree with Nabuco that the diversity of the internet is less than advertised. You're still only communicating with westernized, industrialized people that have internet access and the time and interest to use it for this purpose.
     
  5. May 17, 2007 #4
    Thanks for your replies.

    I suspect the low turnout in replying to this topic
    indicates it’s just too simple of a subject matter?

    Snickering politely of course.

    It does intrigue me that the number of subjects
    brought up in the various forums throughout
    this vast Internet kingdom tend to be
    “reruns” in the story of human thought.
    We’re all constantly having to relearn, experience,
    and understand the plights of life like those whom
    lived in a time before us.

    So is this venue also a kind of Authenticity Factor?
    Perhaps our way of feeling we’re among company?

    Ya, I know. I should have coined my user ID as
    “twenty_questions”.

    John
     
  6. May 22, 2007 #5
    Skeptical, Larrre..rreeery, Apprehensive.
    However one would label “it”.

    Referring to these Forums... that's all.

    After all the words devoted to all of the
    subject matter here on these posts,
    and after all of the comments have been submitted
    among the crowd out here/there submitting them,
    is there really any progress as a result of words posted
    here, or on any other forum of human embrace?

    If so, is it possible to authenticate it?

    Who is looking at this activity?
    Anyone out there working on it?

    John
     
  7. May 22, 2007 #6
    You didn't exactly choose one of the high-volume subforums to post in either. It's a bit of a trade-off. You can post here and get very few, and far between posts, but they're serious and possibly even lengthy and insightful. Or you can post in GD, and get a lot of short, mostly useless opinions that won't really be of benefit to you. (Not because different people post, but just because in GD your not expected to talk seriously about stuff, here you are)
     
  8. May 23, 2007 #7
    I don't have a clue what your talking about in your replies, but in response to your original post. I think that if you're looking for something really new or interesting, you're definitely not gonna find it on a forum. At least not yet. The reason for this is that new thoughts, at least good ones, take effort (Eureka!'s are earned). A lot of effort. Someone's not gonna put that much work into a post on PF. What we CAN do here, and we do it a lot, is regurgitate and reference to other materials, a lot of which are online. This is still extremely useful, but hardly original.


    Still, it's worth noting that the internet has only been in widespread usage 11 years. Give it time.
     
  9. May 23, 2007 #8
    I think it's worth making a distinction between the internet as a whole, and web blogs, forums, etc,. You may very well have made this to yourself, but you didn't clarify in your post. The internet it's self, is extremely powerful tool for information. One look at PF's 'links' section should show you that. And it's only gonna get better.
     
  10. May 23, 2007 #9
    Thanks for your generous replie(s) “Smurf”.

    (Is that what everyone else calls you?)

    When I think about scholarly replies to something as
    “everyday” as Internet Web Forums, I’m reminded
    about how most people living their life, pursuing
    their daily activities, working on their book,
    contributing to their column, or simply saying “hello”;
    it’s all likely a gesture, of politeness.

    I apologize for the use of “I” here, for I know it denotes
    a person filled with themselves.
    Kind of like what I’m seeing among these forums.
    (And perhaps for myself here as well.)

    Hence, a blog/forum.

    Rumble, rumble…
    So, if I read you “Smurf” as I do, you’re pretty much confirming that…

    “…if you're looking for something really new or interesting, you're definitely not gonna find it on a forum. At least not yet. The reason for this is that new thoughts, at least good ones, take effort (Eureka!'s are earned). A lot of effort. Someone's not gonna put that much work into a post on PF. What we CAN do here, and we do it a lot, is regurgitate and reference to other materials, a lot of which are online. This is still extremely useful, but hardly original.”

    I like your feed back! Thank you!

    So, is It indeed being confirmed that this domain is simply armchair
    entertainment with little, or no significant value?

    John

    (My real first name) it really is
     
  11. May 23, 2007 #10
    Yeah, everyone knows me as Smurf here. And a few in RL too. I'm one of the few long-term members that hasn't posted his picture and I only posted my name once, by accident.

    I don't understand what your trying to say here.

    Not at all. Like I said, it's extremely useful for reference. The homework section of PF is particularly obvious in this respect, people educated in physics or math, etc,. are helping people still in (usually) their undergrad or high school years. I don't even really want to necessarily it CAN'T be used for original thought, that is that it's not limited to descriptive statements, as you can see here.

    I'm not really sure what the opposite of "armchair entertainment" would be, original research? useful productivity? Anyways, I think that it's unfair to take a technology that's only been used for the last 11 years and expect it to immediately catch up to the other channels of thought (universities for example). Tradition is against it, but again, that doesn't mean it will always be.

    *(I say unfortunately because it is unfortunate that not everyone has had the internet since almost as far back as they can remember, like me)


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