December 10, 2002
Highly Entertaining & Infor...
Highly Entertaining & Informative Lecture About Blogs: By Richard Townsend and Bjorn Thomson, delivered last month at UBC in Vancouver. It's long, refers to many websites you've heard of (including this one) & a bunch you haven't, and is positively swollen with useful metaphors about various aspects of the blogging phenomenon. A meta-must.
Posted by at December 10, 2002 12:20 PM
One reader just e-mailed that he was not impressed. His argument:
OK, I guess, from an academic elitist POV, BUT I'm not impressed.
1) For all the self-congratulatory *academic review* stuff, where's the mention of the Blogosphere's (and Glenn's) efforts to debunk Bellesiles?
2) Quoting you, out of context, in an aside, from over a year ago, on Sullivan, and using that quote to justify cross checking Sullivan, seems sloppy - especially given all your subsequent posts re Sullivan.
3) Calling Samizdata *whacky*, (in this jolly presentation, no less), while heaping Kudos on Metafilter leads me to question any objectivity in their research.
More condescension, than respect, IMHO.
And they think Damian Penny is an intemperate right-winger!
I don't believe I've been to an academic presentation as "jolly" as that. If I had, I'd wonder what the presenter had been smoking.