Last month I wrote about a frustration with students and book reviews--a general lack of engagement with the actual material and a virtual ignoring of parameters set by a particualr authour with regard to the topic that they were addressing when it came to writing a review.
I came across this comment in the lovink book in a section on Comment Culture. "We need to keep in mind that in this age of self-representation (italics mine), commenting often lacks a direct confrontation with the text or artwork. The present act of replying does not seek a one-to-one dialogue with the creator..." Lovink is addressing comments made on blogs and the like, but it seems to me that the same could be said for interaction with texts of all kinds these days, virtual or otherwise. I found this comment helpful and will see if it makes sense. I might try and do some anecdotal research around this, not quite sure how or what just yet, but something along the lines of self-representation and interaction. I think there is a truth here--the idea being that a person makes comments that are clues to him or herself, acts of self-representation, rather than a critique of a particular work--a shifting away from focus on the text to focus on the interactor--i.e. 'look at me, this is who I am'--a part of us revealed in the likes and preferences we name not only on our Facebook pages but in our thoughts and opinions over and against everything we come into contact with?
(the image is of medieval margin notes from Laphams Quarterly via BMD Love Blog)