Why do anthropologists blog?

As part of my proposal, and for a class I’m currently taking, I’m working on a mini-ethnography that asks “Why do anthropologists blog?”. This research was inspired by a series of interviews on anthropologi.info that looked into online participation by six anthropologists.

Here is the original series of interviews by Lorenz :

http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/anthropology.php?p=1278&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

An interesting followup discussion on Savageminds can be found here.

http://savageminds.org/2005/08/17/talking-to-blogging-anthropologists/#comment-2807

I’ve setup meetings with four anthropologists to do interviews over the next couple of weeks. I’ve tried to take the feedback Lorenz received in the Savageminds discussion into this new set of interviews so that they can build on each other. In this way I’ve tried to find anthropologists who do not blog, and who might have pessimistic attitudes to the internet in general. I’ve also asked all the teachers at the university who I know blog to take part.

If you have any questions you would like me to ask while I’m doing the interviews, now is the time to let me know! I’d be happy to integrate your questions into the research!

A few more interesting links to academic blogging:

“Academic Blogging: Some BloggerCon III Afterthoughts”

http://cyberlibris.typepad.com/blog/2004/11/academic_bloggi.html


“Thoughts on Blogging by a Poorly Masked Academic”

http://dialogic.blogspot.com/2006/05/thoughts-on-blogging-by-poorly-masked.html

Kerim Friedman’s article “Welcome to the Blogsphere” http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dfqcv2wx_133g69wsg

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