Village Voice on Academia and Blogging
:: Interesting article in the April 12th Village Voice, called PH.Dotcom: What if professors could lecture 24-7? Blog culture invades academia:
Imagine if the great thinkers of the past could have blogged, bouncing ideas off each other in real time, engaging in rapid-fire debates across borders. Would it have led to some kind of intellectual utopia, or total chaos? Would we be regaled with post after post from Adorno complaining about what he had for lunch that day?Certainly blogs have moved into academia, but what interests me is the use, by students, of blogs for project management.
Even if Blogger and Movable Type had existed back then, Adorno still might not have blogged about anything at all. Despite the ongoing media blitz about blogging, and the eye-popping stats—according to a recent report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 7 percent of the 120 million U.S. adults who use the Internet said they have created a blog or Web-based diary, and blog readership jumped by 58 percent in 2004—the majority of professors and academic types still don't have blogs. Academic bloggers are increasing in number, but they're still a distinct minority.