Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Blogging as an (academic) health hazard - and go MobBlogs

Also, our regular Dash Brannigan comments as follows:

""I would have to disagree with you on lack of understanding thing. I would imagine that ANY academic would be more than familiar with use of the web and email. So I don’t think it’s technology getting in the way.

Also I have no doubt that academics realize how amazing blogs can be. It would be like a Symposium (or Symposia not sure) every week. Ideas are supposed to be their currency the better they flow they happier they should be. I think the issue is like the article said, the threat to careers. Not only from within academia but from without.

You have academics moving into other job area (i.e. Law Professors becoming Judges, Economics Professors becoming Fed Chairs). When being considered for roles like this every thing you have written is scrutinized. Isn’t Posner is still suffering form something he wrote back in the 70’s?

It seems to be one of those things that sometimes objective academic inquiry is not really fit for public consumption. Just take some of Gary Becker's work or Stephen Levitt's (for the record both from Uni of Chicago). To me, their work seems rational and coherent, other people from outside the field see it as racist, misogynistic or just plain cold.""

I have replied in the comments section to that post. However, just for the front page, I do want to signal my utter delight at the Mob Blog phenomenon, where groups of academics in a certain area come together to argue over a specific issue at a specific time, then seemingly dissolve. Copyrighty people did it a while back when they were waiting for the Grokster decision, but off the top of my head current examples include the real deal, Randy Picker's 'MobBlog' and 'A Grotian Moment', which is the who's who of international criminal law debating in a Yes/No format legal questions and issues surrounding the Saddam Hussein trial.

For anybody who is interested, a Grotian moment is one so momentous it alters the course of international law. You know, Hugo Grotius. Anyone??

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