Well, I’ve made it to the 21st century and only about 14 years late (assuming that any self-respecting public intellectual should have had a personal website and blog by the turn of the last century). Actually, I have an inactive personal site here, and I’ve blogged previously at the curious stall. So what I really mean is that I finally have a personal site, with an integrated blog, that I can easily manage and keep fresh.
My tardiness is partially a function of needing time to figure out the nature of my relationship with social media and the role of social media in the life of an academic. Answering these questions took time. If you click the links to my old website and blog, you’ll see that (a) they are almost entirely separate (except for a link on my homepage to the now defunct blog), and (b) they are relics of web 1.0. In contrast, on this site I’ve combined all the trappings of academia’s byzantine reward system (e.g., links to books and citations of research published in peer-reviewed journals that few people ever read) with the ongoing discussions, through social media and this blog, that I am having with academics and, perhaps more importantly, non-academics.
I anticipate my posts here will be a mashup of recycled content I like from elsewhere around the Internet and some original thinking. It’s a format I’ll call meso-blogging. The concept of meso-blogging, as far as I can tell, was first introduced in 2009 by Pat Kane at The Play Ethic blog. Kane’s use of the term is is based on a distinction between twitter’s 140 character microblogging format and macro-blogging, which Kane describes as a sort of “slow media,” characterized by “the long-read, the long-listen or the long-watch.” In my next post I’ll unpack Kane’s idea of mess-blogging a bit more and then distinguish it from my usage.