Jozef’s back too

I see that Jozef Imrich is also back and blogging after a fairly lengthy hiatus. Jozef has a mostly European focus, combining literary with political interests. Jozef picked up on the same article on academic blogging from Chronicle of Higher Education that I mentioned yesterday, but extracted a rather more positive quote:

In their skeptical moments, academic bloggers worry that the medium smells faddish, ephemeral. But they also make a strong case for blogging’s virtues, the foremost of which is freedom of tone. Blog entries can range from three-word bursts of sarcasm to carefully honed 5,000-word treatises. The sweet spot lies somewhere in between, where scholars tackle serious questions in a loose-limbed, vernacular mode. Blogging lso offers speed; the opportunity to interact with diverse audiences both inside and outside academe; and the freedom to adopt a persona more playful than those generally available to people with Ph.D.’s

I guess the combination of the two quotes captures my own current attitude to blogging: nowhere near as starry-eyed as I was in terms of blogging’s potential to engender an enhanced democratic polity through fostering broadly-based civic dialogue, but it’s still fun and a reasonably worthwhile exercise.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

Ken – “blogging’s potential to engender an enhanced democratic polity through fostering broadly-based civic dialogue” may well be limited, but I kind of prefer the sound of ripping in to serious questions with a “loose-limbed, vernacular” approach, anyway. Sounds way more sexy.

woodsy
woodsy
2022 years ago