- killer question: why should (or should not) academics blog?
- in part the academic publishing model was based on limited publishing resources (peer review, printed publication = expensive,..). Blogs provide a new way for this that exceeds digitizing journals as PDFs.
- dissemination of ideas that have been closed within the academy vs. academia as system based upon keeping information closed
- various use cases (professor student interaction; research collaboration; collaborate workspaces; self-promation;…)
- possible changes: broader audience; history of thoughts; interactivity; possibility for a less civilized discourse, noise; attacks on the reputation system; uncontrolled utterances (no prefilter); publication of unfinished texts;…
- blogging is symbiotic to other knowledge generating machines, not a replacement
- unprecedented confrontation with legitimacy (what are you guys doing all day?)
- loss of prestige which relies in part on the exclusiveness of the discourse, on incomprehensible and intimitating language.
- institutions are founded on the control (how to generate, disseminate, monetize) of the knowledge; blogging attacks the very DNA of this principle