Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Friday's New York Times technology section (New York Times article) reported that lawyers represent an "explosion" in the blogosphere. There are numerous blogs written by lawyers and about the law. In fact, we represent a disproportionate number of bloggers and blog readers. Why do you suppose that is?
The article theorizes that we are bored by our day to day jobs (not true in the Academic Support field), or that we are all trapped writers under the surface (I thought we were all frustrated actors, but then again I was a litigator in a prior life), or even that we all have an opinion on something that we need to express and that just being lawyers lends us some credibility (this doesn't work, even with children, in my experience).
I disagree. I think it is because we are all trained never to ask that last question and that blogging lets us do just that and then answer it as well. At trial, we put all the evidence in front of a group of people, or a judge alone and hope that they connect the dots (that through careful preparation and excellent trial technique we have placed very close to one another....). In a blog, we can connect them ourselves. I don't disagree with the article writer that we are an essentially verbal crowd, but I really believe blogging cures a frustration that lawyers often feel when we can't just blurt out the answer (i.e. "my god, people he's guilty as sin and here's why....").
There is, the article points out, even a 1L blog written by a student. I checked it out to see what goes on on the other side of the desk and found it helpful.
The next thing I'd like to know is why there are so many law related TV shows and how any of this relates to Academic Support..... (ezs)