I know, I know, who reads this blog for meta-comments about blogging? No one, yet I can't help it...
There's an article on Ars which includes this little quote:
Ultimately, I think the answer to this dilemma is pretty clear: graduate students simply should not blog, and if they do blog they should never do so under their real names.
and, while it may be sound advice from a "you want to get hired and eventually get tenure" school of academic idealism, I think I have to raise an objection.
If Academia has become so hidebound that people exploring ideas and/or emotions disqualifies them from practicing in Academia, then Academia has become a hollow shell and we may as well crush its corpse and use it to make something useful. Sure, it's a risky proposition to put something of yourself out in the world, but the fact that you take a risk doesn't make you a fool, it makes you a person who takes personal risks in the hopes of discovering something.
Exploring ideas (and emotions, in certain disciplines) is what Academia is supposed to allow, not something Academia is supposed to guard against. Anyway, far too late for me. Suppose there go any dreams of teaching some day.
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