Discussion vs Pontification
The key difference between discussion and pontification is that the former is a dynamic process that involves both the audience and the messenger, while the latter is a static delivery mechanism for information that the messenger has deemed valuable Communication centers the audience, while pontification expresses opinions or judgments Effective communication depends as much on the receiver’s understanding as it does on the messenger’s message.
In other words, discussion is a two-way dialogue that prioritizes conveying meaning to the audience, while pontification is a one-way monologue that prioritizes the speaker’s opinions Communication feels satisfying and centers the audience, while pontification is often dogmatic and centers the speaker.
As for me I choose debate and discussion of the topic at hand - not extraneous or oft-belabored issues only barely tangentially applicable.
I recently published a blog and it kicked up quite a fuss with a couple of members who wanted to pontificate rather than discuss the topic at hand. I offered a quote from Mark Twain concerning the folly of arguing with an idiot as context, but alas it was perceived as slanderous and deleted (rightfully so under the rules).
The person who felt slighted then private messaged me with a list of members that I should avoid and take no part in discussion with since they did not contribute as significantly to the site as did he. I was going to include the text of those messages in this article (I saved it), but do not think that would be productive.
I will continue to contribute articles and blogs; I hope people who agree with me and those who disagree with me respond and contribute in a civil and respectful tone; I will agree with those I choose to and disagree with those I fell the need to.
I did not seek out a nemesis but if I have found one (or he has found me), I would say "hang on it is going to be a bumpy ride".
I like NT and enjoy the discussion, the sarcasm, the quips and the humor and I am not going anywhere
Communicate and discuss civilly and with a little class and not other rules are needed