I was directed to this slate article by blogora.
The article talks about how young professors who blog might be hurt inn their tenure hopes because the academic establishment looks down on blogging as an activity for faculty. This makes me a little distressed about my own future as a grad student and faculty member. However, I am fully aware that my blog is subject to google searches of my name and invite that audience, at least for now. Perhaps when I’m on the job market I will find it wise to post a little less frequently and not be very subversive.
For now, though, I see blogging as a responsibility for my academic life, rather than a detractor from it. First, I’m interested in studying the ways communication changes because of technology and I think participant observation is a good way to find out things. Second, I think academics spend way too much time talking amongst themselves and the important ideas and discussions never get to real people or practitioners of the very things they are studying, and I think that’s a shame. Blogging is one way of giving the benefits of one’s education to a more general audience. And the discussion sometimes directly benefits my work. Some of the conversation in the previous post about Derrida and the Bible is going to help me in my paper project about Derrida and Christianity. And it got me really excited to learn more so I can post again and contribute more.
Also, I imagine the terrain on this issue will shift a fair amount in the next 5 years, as technology changes the way we deal with technology and the way we use it. It will be interesting to see long-term the way technology impacts academia (as well as everything else).