Scholars work in the genres of their time…(sigh)…

Scholars work in the genres of their time. Socrates did his academic work and dissemination in dialogues with his students. Print publication is only a necessity of scholarship in today’s book-bound world. Today many universities measure our publication rates in carefully weighed systems directly tied to our funding. Is this really going to be the way of the future? (…) Weblogs have no whole; they are not objects. They are processes, actions, sites of exchange, more like Socrates’s original dialogues must have been than Plato’s written version of them. Will Weblogs develop into something that is both scholarship in action and a complete form of dissemination and storage of ideasfor the future? Or will we always need a Plato to write down these momentary dialogues in a way that can be stored for posterity?

[J. Walker (2006) “Blogging from Inside the Ivory Tower” Uses of blogs, (Eds.) A. Bruns & J. Jacobs, Peter Lang: NY, p. 135-137]

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