Are internet discussion boards worth anything? Do you learn new information by engaging with them? Does your perspective change? Do you make connections of value with people?
I lamented after a day’s worth of back-and-forth on a message board that I don’t have the energy anymore for it anymore, not for the obviously irritating stuff like name-calling and ALL CAPS, but also not even for the not-so-irritating nuanced arguments and reasoned opinions. All of it makes me tired and leaves me frustrated. What energy I have feels better spent working on projects with people. If there’s an internet discussion board for that, I’d love to know about it.
Am I being lazy? Is there good work being done in some of these threads and I’m too cranky to see it?