The FUD Barrier

noviembre 28, 2007

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt:

Decision makers, uncomfortable with the disruption, start searching for reasons to stave off change.

(Scoble & Israel, Naked Conversations, p. 145)

Un, dos, tres, responda otra vez:

-Por ejemplo, que los blogs no sirven para puntos académicos (y mientras los de ahí arriba sigan sin bloguear, seguirán mirando por encima del hombro a los currantes blogueros)…


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

mayo 24, 2007

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]

Pero donde hay optimismo, hay esperanza…¿o cómo era?

mayo 24, 2007

While blogging may not garner the sort of academic recognition that traditional channels do, as with other forms of creating professional relationships, the informal networks supported by blogging provide the foundation required to excel within the institutions of academe. For this reason, over long time it takes academic institutions to change, there will be a growing recognition of the place of blogging in the scholar’s life.

[A. Halavais (2006) “Scholarly Blogging: Moving Toward the Visible College” Uses of blogs, (Eds.) A. Bruns & J. Jacobs, Peter Lang: NY, p. 124]

Academic blogging: blogging scholars: a menace ?

mayo 24, 2007

The very elements of blogging that make it most valuable -a networked audience, open conversation, low barriers to entry, and transparency-are also most threatening to established strictures of academic behaviour. While each may be valued by individual scholars, the university as an institution in many cases relies on treating the public as a mass, providing authority to limited channels of communication, constructing barriers to scholarly discourse, amd maintaining bureaucratic partitions between academe and other parts of the life of a scholar. A recent essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education warned academics seeking jobs to avoid blogs precisely because of these properties, and the possibility that a hiring committee may be threatened by a candidate’s blog.

[A. Halavais (2006) “Scholarly Blogging: Moving Toward the Visible College” Uses of blogs, (Eds.) A. Bruns & J. Jacobs, Peter Lang: NY, p. 123]

Vaya, así que era por eso!