Monday, February 27, 2006
Here. (Thanks to Paul Caron for the pointer.) An excerpt:
As more law professors are tapping away at their computers on blogs that cover everything from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to the death penalty, they also may be chipping away at the ivory tower.
An increasing number of law professors are using blogs-online journals or newsletters-to break free from traditional modes of legal scholarship. With an immediacy and ability to reach millions of readers, blogs are proving an attractive vehicle among legal scholars for spouting and sharing ideas.
But they are also raising concerns that they may lead to a dumbing down of the profession.
"They have nothing to do with scholarship," said Katherine Litvak, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law.
I am inclined to agree with my colleague Kate, with the caveat that blogs sometimes help get actual scholarship into circulation (as any glance at the most downloaded SSRN authors quickly shows). Similarly, Law Emperor Caron's blog (like others in the network) helps call attention to articles and developments of scholarly interest. So to these modest extents they have "something" to do with scholarship!