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Further notes on academic blogging


Sam Roggeveen


17 February 2012 17:24

I've already posted one Reader Riposte to my post from yesterday on why academics should blog, but I also want to alert readers to this response from Victoria University's Alex Burns. And Nicholas Farrelly, who's behind the outstanding New Mandala, got in touch to alert me to an article he co-authored in 2008 which makes some of the same points I made yesterday, and others.

Finally, on a loosely related note, I came across a video today arguing that ideas are naturally derivative (or, in the words of the video's producers, ideas are 'layered', 'interwoven' and 'tangled'). An entire legal industry has been created around the notion that ideas are property, and property needs to be fenced off. But when that notion is pushed too far, it inhibits innovation.

The film concludes with a plea to reform America's copyright laws, which is clearly not the point of alerting you to it here. But the spirit that animates the video is the same one that moves people to blog: a willingness to share ideas rather than fence them off.