from the idle wonderings department…and summoning my best Andy Rooney voice
Did you ever notice…. how short/brief flickr comments are? “nice photo” “Awesome!” “great shot” — heck you could fit 4 or 5 in a single tweet.
Think about it- a good meaty blog post (the kind not typically found here), if read in their fullest take quite a bit of mental fuel to process. For example, if Stephen Downes takes only half an hour to write his deep posts -they might take me 4 times that to read to (partial) meaning.
And such content that takes time to process yields comments sometimes in the multiple paragraph form. I’ve seen blog posts where the comments are longer than the posts.
Yet a photo you can take in within a few seconds or more, is lucky if it illicit a full sentence in a comment, much less a verb.
So do briefly digestible media (not to say all photos can be appreciated in a glance) lends themselves to brief comments? is it a dissonance in responding in text form to a highly visible message.
Or even father out on the limb, is it all a giant cinnamon bun roll up of McLuhan-esque medium is message? (what is the medium of a car body mean?)
What’s your theory? Is there a reason? Or do I just need sleep?