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]

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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!


Otro motivo más pq el q no se considera escritura seria

mayo 24, 2007

Pq la cultura del libro lo ve como una amenaza y de ahí el desprestigio.

Blogs are generally perceived to invoke a culture of mass amateurization of content, where the value and credibility of the authorial voice is made vulnerable through commentary systems.

Efectivamente, hasta ahora siempre ha sido ‘publico’ y ahí queda, no te doy tiempo a réplica u opinión, no al menos a mí, quizás en tu sofá cuando me estés leyendo…¿por qué correr el riesgo de amenazar la autoridad de cada uno en un tema al saberse opinado?

Thus, of all industries, the traditional book, magazine, and cross-media publishing market is most likely to under-value the influence of blogs, and to depict the writing in blogs as less finished, less authoritative, and less considered than that which might be found in traditional works. But in practice, the opposite is true.

[Joanne Jacobs (2006) “Publishing and blogs” Uses of blogs, (Eds.) A. Bruns & J. Jacobs, Peter Lang: NY, p. 34]


Blogging: Peer-reviewed publishing

mayo 22, 2007

Even when it is highly self-referential (which is also the case of both, the academic and media worlds), the blogosphere is a global meritocratic community, with its own hierarchies, rankings and codes, performing a multilateral transnational conversation, generating a sort of peer reviewed content, widely and speedly disseminated and thus becoming one of the most important knowledge factory nowadays.

[J.L. Orihuela (2003) “Blogging and the eCommunication Paradigms: 10 principles of the new media scenario” BlogTalks: European Conference on Weblogs Ed. Thomas N. Burg, Norderstedt: Books on Demand GmbH, pp. 262]