Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Blogging a threat to an academic career?

First Sean, and now Juan Cole having their academic careers affected by writing a blog?

5 comments:

Michael Bacon said...

I'm Ok with this. Look, he's a smart guy, but he has some issues with fundamental values. Our blogging like this wouldn't be accepted in a world controlled by the people he supports -- supports "carefully," of course, but supports nevertheless. The balance between understanding and persuasion on the one hand, and opposition on the other is difficult no doubt, but he just comes down on the wrong side a few times too often

Doug Natelson said...

I notice that you don't identify yourself or your institution, so clearly you've given some thought to possible impacts of blogging on your own career. You must intend to dish dirt, eh? I opted for non-anonymity, mostly because I figured I wouldn't have any really good gossip worth telling.

Angry said...

It's not that I want to dish dirt. Mostly I just want to vent. And I want to warn/inform younger physicists (the old "I wish someone had told me..."). I've got tenure, so the big stresses are continued funding, invites, better jobs, etc.

Doug Natelson said...

Cool. Your motivations sound good to me - like you, there are definitely things I wish people had told me along the way. I was 95% kidding about dishing dirt, though there are certainly moments when I wish I had the nerve to write a physicist version of Kitchen Confidential.

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