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A Quarter Million Readers Can’t be Wrong

That’s right, you all can’t be wrong.  At some point this morning this site will cross the 250,000 mark for the year-- not bad for a little academic blog run by one guy who didn’t figure out how blogs worked until about two years after all the cool kids on the block had one.  And have you seen?  Academics are already beginning to distribute questionnaires and surveys about academic blogs, which means that the MLA panel on “The New Blog Intellectual” cannot be far behind, which means that blogging will soon be so over and will have to be replaced by something even cooler, like slogging or flogging.

But let’s not worry about that today.  Let’s worry about something else, like the right’s assaults on academic freedom-- compellingly documented and dissected by Bryan Pfaffenberger, the fearsome Pink Bunny of Battle.

Posted by on 08/31 at 03:17 AM
  1. Visitor # 000250002
    Argh!  If ONLY I had clicked a millisecond earlier…

    Are you giving away a prize to your quarter-millionth customer?

    Posted by Marianne  on  08/31  at  05:00 AM
  2. which means that the MLA panel on “The New Blog Intellectual” cannot be far behind

    Do you think academic blogging will take off? It seems to be popular in some disciplines (particularly philosophy), but much less in lit-crit and cultural studies circles. At least those I know (grad students and recent grads) are pretty unenthused by the trend.

    Posted by Chris in Boston  on  08/31  at  05:02 AM
  3. Haven’t academics already done flogging, like, to death?

    So 90s.

    Posted by  on  08/31  at  05:17 AM
  4. Personally, I like the idea of academic “flogging.” Of course, most of us are already pretty good at that, so I don’t know whether it could qualify as the coolest new thing. wink


    Posted by Jimbo  on  08/31  at  05:29 AM
  5. Posted by  on  08/31  at  05:52 AM
  6. Congrats on the quarter mill mark! If the Pfaffenberger essay is even remotely on the mark (and it does seem that calling the so-called Academic Bill of Rights “Orwellian to the Max” might be softpedalling), however, there’s still serious word yet to be spread.  The SAF’s “How to Research Faculty Bias” comes with quite a methodolgy and smacks of an initiation rite.

    Posted by sian  on  08/31  at  09:57 AM
  7. Posted by  on  08/31  at  11:58 AM
  8. Well, yes.  The MLA panel is not far off.  Which demonstrates, as you suggest, our field’s terminal belatedness.  My good pals at AOIR, who are holding their fifth annual conference next month, have been all over the blog thing for a couple of years now, including the scholarly and pedagogical ramifications thereof.  All the cool kids are already starting to move on to other technologies, like wikis, and, well, other stuff that they haven’t told me about because I’m not one of the cool kids.

    The thing that frightens me more than anything in this, though, is the idea of humanities scholars with questionnaires.


    Posted by KF  on  08/31  at  03:49 PM
  9. Hi, KF!  I read somewhere you were in Hawaii this summer, reading and having fun and not getting some things done.  Well, don’t worry about not getting done all the things you wanted to get done.  I am so not done with the things I was supposed to do this summer, and I didn’t even go to Hawaii.

    Thanks for the link to AOIR, of which I was completely ignorant--

    Posted by  on  09/01  at  11:33 AM
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  12. 1 million reader mark on the whole site (blog and forum) for a while now but July saw us not only reach it for the combined two areas of the site but also just for the blog itself.

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