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Bloggership: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger
Bloggership: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger
Framing
Framing
But First, A Warning
But First, A Warning
This Medium is Not a Message
This Medium is Not a Message
The Case for Blogs as Special
The Case for Blogs as Special
Is There a Blog Voice
Is There a Blog Voice
What Are Blogs Good For (I)
What Are Blogs Good For (I)
What Are Blogs Good For (II)
What Are Blogs Good For (II)
What Blogs Are Not So Good For
What Blogs Are Not So Good For
Is Something Missing
Is Something Missing
What I Plan to Do About It: JOTWELL
What I Plan to Do About It: JOTWELL
Jotwell
Jotwell
What It Is Not
What It Is Not
Why Write for Jotwell
Why Write for Jotwell
Thank you
Thank you

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Bloggership: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger

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1 Bloggership: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger

Bloggership: The Role of the Law Professor Blogger

A. Michael Froomkin University of Miami School of Law April 28, 2006

2 Framing

Framing

I do three types of blogging Activist: ICANNWatch.org (1999) Personal: Discourse.net (2003) Teacher: several classroom blogs at umlaw.net (2004) They each taught me something

3 But First, A Warning

But First, A Warning

The plural of anecdote is Blog -- Alex Harrowell, http://fistfulofeuros.net/archives/002493.php

4 This Medium is Not a Message

This Medium is Not a Message

Blog is about easy packaging of existing tools Part of an ecology of tools Listservers are not dead Very dependant on underlying layers Vulnerable to comment & trackback spam Is It Even a Medium? Are blogs more like magazines ? Or, to use, TV metaphor, a form like a sitcom or the local news

5 The Case for Blogs as Special

The Case for Blogs as Special

Tools do shape content Power corrupts and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely Blogs are popular and that matters: Quantity has a quality all its own Technoquirks Orins RCO reverse chronological order Links Comments Trackbacks Google rankings, TLB Ecosystem, Technorati The long tail, the A List, B list, etc. Not so new, but never so evident (cf. Caron) is this what we value now? How different is the hierarchy (as evidenced by this event) from the one that we had before?

6 Is There a Blog Voice

Is There a Blog Voice

Blogging vs. law review articles Blog discipline Informal No editors Links instead of footnotes Continual feedback (hits, links vs. placement) Not undisciplined but very different from the law journals, books, treatises world I write differently in each type of blog (and again in law review articles)

7 What Are Blogs Good For (I)

What Are Blogs Good For (I)

Activism Making Visible (Bully pulpit) Mau-mauing the MSM Specialist ICANNWatch Organizing Campaign tools Bearing Witness Public Intellectual Out-of-sub-discipline scholarship Torture memos

8 What Are Blogs Good For (II)

What Are Blogs Good For (II)

Awareness Bashman, Solum In-field Lots of tech blogs, IP blogs Where are the adlaw blogs? Out of field Mirror of Justice Error detection E.g. Eric Muller & Greg Robinson on Malkin's In Defense of Internment

9 What Blogs Are Not So Good For

What Blogs Are Not So Good For

This event is not being conducted on a blog Traditional Treatises (but see wikis) Heriot disagrees ?? Details Footnotes do have value Footnotes may even be the key to lawyers claim to belonging in universities instead of trade schools.

10 Is Something Missing

Is Something Missing

Things that work Activist? ? Recent development awareness (cases, crises) ? Hot newsy topical discussion ? But filtering of academic writing is still uneven, Whats new in the law reviews? What should I read? SRRN is only very lightly filtered And, theres Larry Solum But Larry reads too much So none of this is exactly the filtering I want

11 What I Plan to Do About It: JOTWELL

What I Plan to Do About It: JOTWELL

The Journal of What We Like (Lots)

12 Jotwell

Jotwell

com

Short (2-4pp) reviews of academic work Explaining why its worth reading Appreciations of new contributions, maybe situating them in a literature An intermediary between readers and the torrent of SSRN / BePress & journals Maybe the occasional re-appreciation of a classic Bloggy: Room for comments and discussion Not bloggy: will not publish too often Organizational issue: general interest or some topical division?

13 What It Is Not

What It Is Not

Not the legal version of the Journal of Economic Literature Not review articles of a topic Not about what is in other blogs Not even their scholarly contributions at least in version 1.0

14 Why Write for Jotwell

Why Write for Jotwell

You read the article You loved the article You want to draw attention to the article Law reviews dont publish book reviews of articles Our profession over-values critique and under-celebrates what deserves praise By calling attention to interesting new scholarship, you can help promote interesting discussions, in the best traditions of the academy

15 Thank you

Thank you

froomkin@law.tm http://www.discourse.net http://www.icannwatch.org and, soon, http://www.jotwell.com

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