Chapter 11 and 12 Notes

Posted on February 13, 2013



As you guys can see, I’m going a little old school tonight. I sat down with my good friends Pen, Notebook, Highlighter, and Uses of Blogs and took notes while doing some close reading! These are the notes I have gotten through so far.

Chapter 11

Four Themes of Blogging
– Individualized views of informational world
– Encourages conversation
– Low intensity activity
– Relatively transparent & unedited view of thinking in progress
The Three Archetypal Communication Settings
Notebook: first attempt to externalize knowledge and ideas, i.e. lab notebook for a scientist, sometimes notebooks are shared, blog replaces notebook by externalizing thought, “Readers create blogs as much as Writers.” ((funny how I am reading and in turn writing about reading.))
Coffee House: free exchange of ideas among interested parties, blogs establish communities, pg. 121 graph
The Editorial Page: served as an exchange between intellectuals and journalists, blogs continue this. “For scholars who feel it is their responsibility to educate the public and engage in public issues, blogs lower the barriers to communicating directly to the public.” (pg. 122)
Problems with Scholarly Blogging
– Some see it as fadish and trivial
– The overlap of professional and personal ((funny how this is one of the main conflicts Jill Walker discusses in Ch. 12))
– “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 behavior.” (pg. 123)

Chapter 12

((The informal voice in this chapter made it a little harder for me to take notes on. But I tried to draw on what I saw as her main points))
Why is blogging no longer easy?
((Because everyone knows about it))
Scholarly Mailing Lists –> Similar to Verb-L?
Readers do not have to subscribe to a blog if they do not want to. (Contrast to Mailing List)
What is a Research Blog?
– Public Intellectuals
– Research Logs
((this also ties into Ch 11’s notebook analogy))
Dissertation Log. WHAT A COOL CONCEPT!
– Pseudonymous Blogs about Academic Log
Very Cool as well, sort of anonymous nonfiction
“Push button publishing for the future.”
Blogging served as a connection tool socially for Walker
With so many different people in different aspects of her life reading her blog, it can be difficult to decide how to present herself.
((I am definitely intrigued by these Pseudonymous Bloggers that she is referencing. I think that there is definitely a research project brewing.))
Will we write academic papers in 2035?
Weblogs seen as more of a dialogue then an academic paper.

It was pretty interesting to see the overlaps in these two chapters from two different authors written in two completely different voices. I will probably focus on these two chapters for this week’s larger project. I may even attempt to track down a Dissertation Log and some Pseudonymous Blogs. In fact that will be a definitely researching the Pseudonymous Blogs. I think that sounds absolutely fascinating!