Michael P. Barber: Weblogs and the Academy

Jim West, in his usual manner of beating me to the punch brought this paper to my attention.  In line with another paper delivered by James Davila at SBL this year on the same subject, Michael Barber had also presented a paper at the conference concerning Biblioblogging and the Academe.  Here is the first paragraph:

The title of this paper, “Weblogs and the Academy,” will rankle some who might make the case that the two words do not even belong in the same sentence.[1] It might seem that blogs have absolutely no real connection to serious scholarship. Blogs are not peer-reviewed. Obtaining one does not typically require any notable “academic” qualifications. Blog posts rarely bear evidence that their content is driven by careful research; they rarely contain footnotes. It is no wonder then that some are hesitant to recognize any authentic academic contribution made by the blogosphere. [2] In fact, concerns are probably not quelled by the monikers sometimes taken by bloggers: “Targum Man,” “Excavator,” “N.T. Wrong”. Names like these may seem more appropriate to a comic book convention than the academy. Yet here we are at the Society of Biblical Literature discussing blogging. Is a study unit on blogs at the SBL really appropriate?

via The Sacred Page: SBL Paper: Weblogs and the Academy.  Read on, it is an excellent paper!


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