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.
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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
These are good discussion starters, from Washington Post and The Atlantic respectively, on the topic of 'hashtag activism.'
Erin, not sure if this is what you're going for, but just saw this article today from mic about the use of social media in bringing light to the Cosby situation. Also talks about using this as a new model for expression.
Thank you to everyone on the list who provided such smart and generous suggestions—there are too many of you to name but I appreciate all of your assistance. As requested, I have compiled a list here of the texts and other resources recommended by the group. I hope others find these many suggestions helpful as well.
I'm developing a first-year writing course on U.S. Protest Literature, and I'm looking for sources on social media. Ideally, the sources would not only discuss social media as a platform for protest movements (although this would be welcome), but also address literary questions of genre, language, form, etc. I could use essays that will help me frame this unit as well as more accessible pieces to assign to students. Thanks!