Social media, schmocial schmdia. The Net used to be more social when you could actually talk interactively. IRC, Usenet, cix conferencing, the WELL - all media where people just talked to each other. The problem with blogs and comments is one person sets the agenda. The problem with Twitter is that it's real-time but it's not conversational: you can *have* conversations, but the interface discourages more than one or two backs and forths. The pr4oblem with Facebook is it's so damn clunky; so are Web boards. The problem with IM is it's one-on-one.
I miss going online to read and participate. Still say Usenet had the best interface of the lot.