A Skeptic'S Take On Academic Blogs

Adam Kotsko, Inside Higher Ed, Nov 01, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The sceptic's take is not so sceptical, the author having actually blogged, and not merely a critic of them. The main point - with which I am sympathetic - is that it is very difficult to conduct a rich academic discussion in the blogosphere. I think it is easier to consolidate discussions into groups (as the author describes) but this carries with it the weaknesses of groups: the sway of group loyalty, the 'circling of the wagons' mentality. Working in the large, diverse, messy, blogosphere is harder, but it is ultimately richer and deeper. The same edition of Inside Higher Ed carries of blogs by Scott Eric Kaufman.
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