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    Quote Originally Posted by tonywalt View Post
    I think it's more than technical issues: Most of the active members are now active on Facebook, twitter, and other social media websites. I do use social media to communicate with friends, but that is the limit. And for good reason:

    The "literature pages" on facebook are a hellish nitemare full of crappy information and constant constant clickbaiting. It is low calorie rubbish. Which is why I returned here as a prodigal son. I just could not find intelligent life in the social media's for this area (literature, arts).

    My question is this: Why are there not more people returning to the forum for richer interaction? And, surely, we cannot say, "oh everyone is so busy now, blah blah" - life was busy 10 years ago.

    If you were to locate the old litnetters: I think you would find them still hanging around facebook and twitter having poor calorie exchanges. Where did it all go?
    Part, but only part of the problem is technical: Intensive spam, difficulty to access the site. And yes the social nets. Interation there must be much more limited, yet there are more people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MANICHAEAN View Post
    Good points Tony.

    I found that I have become very selective in how I now use social media and the internet in general; ( FB to keep in touch with approved friends and for cheap visual linkups, a local Hatfield community site that thankfully lacks any real keyboard warriors, a couple of food sites at a time, dependent on what cuisine I'm indulging in, and of course home from home Lit Net if I do a bit of writing.

    I must confess that when I first joined Lit Net that I was in awe at some of the input. Top of their game contributors, where one learned so much. Some real characters too. Remember the Country Doc going on about the Revolution and Prof Solinetizian (excuse spelling,) daily producing tomes of barely comprehensible material on Turkey under the Ottomans? Aunt Shecky with her erudite sense of humour and the prodigious output of Steve Hunley in the Short Story section.
    My social media are my literature forums. I came to Litnet in 2016, when it wasnīt on itīs prime moment anymore, but it was still a reunion of original and independent thinking people.

    Mani, you forgot to mention that immense novel that seemed to cover all Chinese Dynasties since the beginning of the world. As far as I could judge it was well written, the author was a woman?. It didnīt resist the last spam storm though.
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    This seems to have happened to a good many online groups and forums. I was on an art forum for years where a hot topic might produce 8, 9, 10, or more pages of posts in a single day. Now that very forum will shut down after the end of the year.

    The same was true of LitNet. I remember spending one evening discussing Wallace Stevens in almost real-time with a dozen or so long-time members. We were posting until 1 or 2 in the morning. Now I come back once or twice a month and find there are few new posts at all. As Tony suggested, the social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have carved away at the audience for forums such as LitNet. I suspect that some of the attraction is that these sites are far more visual. As a visual artist, I used to post a good deal of images... but I was likely something of an outlier there. Many of the younger students I teach see even Facebook as a site for old farts. They turn far more often to Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tic Toc, etc... and to posts with images, audio, and video.

    I would suggest that many of the members from years past were younger... college students, grad students, beginning teachers... looking for like-minded individuals to engage in discussions with. Most have moved on... got married, got jobs, got friends and colleagues who have replaced the need for online discussions. They haven't been replaced by the next generation who turn more to social media.
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    stlukesguild I think you are right. The younger generations(did I just say that?!), simply do not use forums, hell, as you point out - even Facebook is old fashioned.

    As a visual artist, I sure use Instagram and Twitter. But for discussion - I have no good outlet now. Young people are not having good discussion on art and literature online, and clearly, are not seeking out and feeding forums. Attention span? Maybe that is why the short paragraph limit on Twitter suits them.

    Still, I am a little puzzled.

    By the way stlukesguild - it's good to see you!

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