Oh my, heavens to Betsy, no!! "We"--or at least a lot of us--on the Hobbit Forum are causing high blood pressure issues for one of our own. What awesome power! What a daunting responsibility! A heavy burden is laid upon our heads...to look out for the health and happiness of those who read but do not post. Durin, you have only posted twice. Speak more, please
Seriously, though, I have been wondering for a long time why so few people participate sometimes, and I have a sneaking fear about what the reason may be. Please tell me whether I am on the right track or I am just being paranoid. I really doubt that the feisty agitation is caused by Saruman errors, and I picked up on these phrases:
I would like to just criticize alot of people.
everyone seems to try to act so educated
and everyone around him goes "Oh yes, yes, how right you are, my friend"
Do you feel hesitant to step in and speak because the "air space" here seems clogged with the conversaton of snobby or uppity people? People who try to be too big for their britches? People whose egos make a big splash and give the whole place a Masterpiece Theater drawing room flavor so that you fear that you can't come in and join the party unless you put on a tux--or at least a tie--and smoke a cigarette screwed into one of those long black cigarette holder thingies? And not only that, but these PBS-like personages creating this atmosphere are POSERS
who don't even know what they are talking about half of the time. ....Saruman the White
I wonder because, in classroom contexts, these discussion groups can fall flat if some participants feel "intimidated" by other participants' posts. The shy scholars keep away because they don't want to appear ignorant in front of the professor and they fear that the chattier ones have raised the expectation bar for everyone else. I wonder if this happens in writing classes, you know, where a viscious vibe gets going and people start chewing up everyone's papers like a pool of pirahnas (sp?). I don't think this is happening here because I think people are very friendly and welcoming. But it could be feeling "snooty" and unwelcoming for reasons nobody intended.
Is this going on? And if so, how can we remedy the situation?