Internet “Research”: Life in the Social Media Bellysphere

Dancer (presumably) asks a question an online discussion board. Good. Questions are good!

Said question is about a seemingly straightforward but actually complicated topic that involves major historical changes; changes that in fact have altered movement, costuming, location, language, status, or music, and most importantly, real peoples lives.

Nice people, some of whom have dedicated part of their lives to researching said topic(s) and some of whom have actually lived said topics, reply. Most know not to give it all away on the internet.

Others, many of whom are two, three, four, five steps removed from anything that can remotely be considered a source, offer various opinions freely.

Sometimes the discussion here is good, sometimes it fizzles.

Many of the replies offer references for further study that require purchasing a book, attending a class, traveling, interviewing someone, being patient, suggesting that the question might actually be framed inadequately in order to move forward, or kind hints to do some actual research beyond asking in a facebook group.

Some of that research may not be able to be completed in English.

Some of that research may not be able to be completed in the original querents location.

Sometimes the discussion here is good, sometimes it fizzles.

There is rarely one answer.

Finally, and almost invariably, and now dozens to hundreds of posts in, the dancer (presumably) who asked the original question lets everyone know that the replies are helpful and all but s/he really needs to know now because she is about to teach it/write about it/speak on a panel about it/put themself out there as an expert on it.

Weekly*, you guys.

WEEKLY.

*conservative estimate

 

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Monica Bee

I like crossword puzzles.

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