At the start of this discussion I had many questions about how to categorize blogs on the list, and for a while I was thinking my questions had changed (as most early research questions do). But late in the discussion “groups blogs” and “e-magazines” have come up, though in reference to difference websites. I’ve been thinking they really are the same thing. Some people have given good reasons why they are valuable: the synergy around the subject, the multiple points of view. I think there’s also something about them that aesthetically and psychologically resembles journals.
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A quick clarification regarding my post. Ms. Spark wondered if I was suggesting that bloggers get more intense and begin using footnotes. No, I'm not in favor of that. My post meant to ask if the relaxed nature of bloggers (which I think is fine) has influenced scholarship in general. Has blogging caused us to expect less in the way of academic publications? I'm not sure about that question. My guess is that it has. But, in any case, I endorse the casual quality of blogs. They're important.
I agree with Louis Caton that bloggers should, at least in their own minds, write nothing to a lay audience that can't be justified with thorough scholarly apparatus. Sadly, most blogging is performed by ideologues with unscholarly motives, including venting, revenge, or pushing a particular ideological line.
A quick note regarding Claire Spark's questions about bloggers. I would agree with a qualification. The blogs I read seem just fine. However, it seems like blogging in general has caused a bit of a relaxing to some of the formal expectations of research. I've noticed several recent Ameicanist authors seem less interested in providing textual support to their observations. More books have no or limited end-notes, many have no pagination for quotations, and a few are more intent on giving observations about culture rather than deeply reasoned analysis about ideas.
This isn't so much a blog as a e-magazine, but http://werehistory.org/ (We're History) is short scholar-written articles on American History. FYI, I've contributed so I'm not impartial! Also on Twitter for those of you who Tweet at @WereHistory.
- Mimi Cowan
PhD Candidate, History
I'm new to the field and I need help with some references.
I'm doing research about the changing telecommunication (telegraph, postage, etc) and transportation history from colonial to post-revolutionary history (particularly 19th century).
Could someone refer me to articles and books?
I would be grateful
B. Rahimi UC San Diego
In Texas it appears to be defined in the so-called "Regents Rules," specifically "Rule 31001: Faculty Appointments and Titles." This, in turn, refers to Texas Education Code Section 51.943 which does, in fact, discriminate between tenured and non-tenured faculty but contains no defining or authorizing language.
Christopher L. Miller
University of Texas--Pan American
Here is a link describing tenure according to Washington State Legislature: http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=28B.50.851
Nicholas D. Krebs
Doctoral Student in American Studies
Graduate Instructor - Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies
Washington State University
In one of the many online articles about the latest goings-on in Wisconsin regarding University budgets and the end of tenure, one person posted in the comments that Wisconsin was actually the only state where tenure was guaranteed by state law. Unfortunately, in all my surfing I lost sight of the shore and can no longer find the quote.
I am teaching an intro level Journalism and Ethics class in the Fall, but I want to do it through an American Studies lens by emphasizing our assumptions about identity, especially when reporting on issues of race and crime. Can anyone recommend a good textbook and/or sample syllabi used for Journalism/Ethics courses.