Sunday, May 09, 2004

The Public Domain and Weblogs as Forums, Not Revolutions

There is an interesting article in Mother Jones "The Revolution Will Not Be Blogged" by George Packer, who has self-disclosed as a blog addicted blog-hater. He gives an overview of the political discussion blogs and how they will or won't change politics. However, in his article there isn't anything on the kind of blog we are trying to do here on PS with attempting to build bridges to/from academia, and more specifically sociology. Being new to blogs, I haven't had the time nor inclination to look at how they will or won't change politics. But I think they do at least have potential to offer forums in the blogosphere where new connections can be made, all taking place in the public domain.

On our weblog, there is a link on Crooked Timber under sociology, and there may be something on public sociology and weblogs in the next Footnotes with specific reference to PS.

3 Comments:

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Goesh said...

Darn tootin' these blogs are a real venue for discussion and debate - i would imagine some could be used as teaching references and topics of research/debate in the academic arena as well

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Goesh said...

Based on the number of responses on this blog, it appears that students will not be resorting to Blogs instead of good old sociology 101 - they will still drag themselves into classes - for better or worse. Nope, no academic revolution in the works here where the universities close and students stay at home pecking away on their computers. There is still something to be said about face to face interaction with other humans, after all, this is nothing but metal, plastic, rubber, glass and electricity. Will Blogs enhance critical thought? I am skeptical about that. Will Blogs influence elections? Nope, not at this time.

 
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