More on Blogging as a Research Component

I've posted twice (here and here) on "The Tranformative Potential of Blogs for Research in Higher Education" by Jana Bouwma-Gearhart and James Bess, but don't feel I'm nearly done with the topic. After all, it is something I've been interested in for years.As I argue in the first of my books only blogging, The Rise … Continue reading More on Blogging as a Research Component

Using Blogs for Research and Writing in the Humanities

In their article "The Transformative Potential of Blogs for Research in Higher Education,"  Jana Bouwma-Gearhart and James Bess write:Blogging recognizes the message of social constructionism and the possibilities for new collaborative, real-time modes of information exchange that permit contributions from a vast number of potential expert collaborators from around the world. Blogging may allow for … Continue reading Using Blogs for Research and Writing in the Humanities

The Return of the Public Intellectual?

One of the biggest frustrations for me, as a scholar, is continual denigration (by certain academics) of my work as addressing only a "general audience." I can't be a "real" intellectual, you see, unless I write so that only a few specialists can parse my sentences and unearth my meaning. [It's also frustrating that I … Continue reading The Return of the Public Intellectual?

Evolving to Neteracy: Comportment on the Web

One development in the evolution towards neteracy is a broader appreciation of what it means to write without editing. That is, most bloggers and readers of blogs have become quite forgiving of the type of mechanical and grammatical errors most of us miss when going over our own writings. They are reading for content and … Continue reading Evolving to Neteracy: Comportment on the Web

The Professional and the Amateur

Bill Keller, Executive Editor of The New York Times, recently spoke about the state of journalism. While his attitude is refreshing and his thoughts are generally on target, I do have a few nits to pick:Keller, when he speaks of the founders’ view of “the press” elides the fact that the conception of “the press” … Continue reading The Professional and the Amateur

Objectivity and Its Blinders

In the premier issue of Bookmark, a new publication for supporters of the New York Public Library, is the excerpted transcript of a panel discussion held May 1 at the library. The participants were Dexter Filkins, a former New York Times correspondent in Baghdad, George Packer of The New Yorker, Dana Priest of The Washington … Continue reading Objectivity and Its Blinders

From Social Networking to Serious Learning

[This is the second blog diary in a series sparked by a teacher professional-development class that I taught, along with Marie Squerciati, at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in June. The first can be found as an earlier entry here or here at Free Exchange on Campus, for whom I am writing this series, primarily.]Some educators … Continue reading From Social Networking to Serious Learning

Expanding Upon It!

[Cross-posted from Free Exchange on Campus]Last week, I co-taught a professional-development course for high-school teachers, "Classroom Blogs and Citizen Journalism," at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. My colleague and I introduced the teachers to blogging software, but little of what we did, really, had much to do with technology.Why?As a culture, we've reached the point in … Continue reading Expanding Upon It!

Going Down the Tubes?

[This review of mine appeared yesterday on the ePluribus Media Journal.]The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture (New York: Currency, 2007), by Andrew KeenAndrew Keen has written a book that attempts to be a take-down of citizen journalists and bloggers. Before I get into a close look at it let’s … Continue reading Going Down the Tubes?

Blogging 2.0

In trying to define his “Web 2.0,” Tim O’Reilly lists Internet entities and aspects that he sees as part of “Web 1.0” and their 2.0 counterparts. The personal website, for example, is superseded by the blog in the Web 2.0 world. At the heart of the Web 2.0 concept is the idea that the web … Continue reading Blogging 2.0