Sunday, July 30, 2006


Ann Bartow body-slams InstaPundit. With verve.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm; seems to me that Ann is "flabbergast[ed]" because she might be missing the facetiousness in Glenn's post.

Glenn wrote, "SOME THOUGHTS ON ACADEMIC BLOGGING from me and from some other academic bloggers, in the Chronicle of Higher Education. I'm sorry to see some people say that their Deans don't appreciate blogging -- my Dean has been very encouraging, and in fact says that he thinks it counts as scholarship, which surely makes me -- on a word-count basis, at least -- one of the most productive scholars around. . . ."

So there are two possible theories here: (1) Glenn is seriously saying something pretty ridiculous and self-aggrandizing. (2) Glenn is making a joke based on the very ridiculousness of trying to seriously count blogging as scholarship. Which is right?

Well, if you follow Glenn's link to his "some thoughts" on the matter, one finds this in Glenn's contribution: "My own feeling is that blogging is like most hobbies -- something that should be peripheral to hiring and tenure decisions." Glenn is writing specifically about hiring and tenure denials based on blogging, but his underlying point seems to suggest that he doesn't really think that blogging should count as scholarship, no? Seems to me that Ann is body-slamming a straw man here (unless there's a deep joke in Ann's post as well that I can't find).

7/31/2006 1:55 PM  

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