Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sunday's New York Times has this article in the education section called "Big Blogger on Campus" describing how some academics have become blogosphere stars including several law professors like Ann Althouse, Glenn Reynolds and Eugene Volokh. Here's an excerpt:
A remarkable variety of scholars have achieved blogosphere fame, particularly those devoted to subjects related to the public sphere — politics, economics, legal affairs. Law school bloggers are practically their own category.
“I think a lot of us have a desire to catch the issue of the day and put a personal stamp on it, and we’re in a good position to do so,” says Ann Althouse, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin Law School and whose eponymous blog (tagline: Don’t you love Althouse?) is often one of Technorati’s Top 25. Being able to connect with “the real world” is another potent lure. “In academia, you talk to a fairly small group of people and become insulated from real criticism,” says Professor Althouse, who regularly ruffles feathers on her blog. “Of course, not everyone wants to do that because their ideas will be ripped and pulled apart.”
Online, professors are often highly political, deeply personal and, per the format’s wont, downright snarky in ways they are not in the classroom. Some academic blogs are pure polemic; some are substantive and scholarly, bringing to the national conversation a bit of policy perspective grounded in actual research and expertise. Some speak to their students; most aim for the widest of audiences. What the below blogs share, for better or worse, is influence.
You can read the rest here, along with profiles of the some of the most influential scholar-bloggers picked by the NYT.