Should Scholars be Allowed to Blog?

Social Media Week 2012 SP

Social Media Week 2012 SP (Photo credit: Fora do Eixo)

Blogging deemed beneath the hallowed halls of academia
‘The International Studies Association, a scholarly association with 6,200 members, announced on Monday that editors of its journals should be banned from blogging, according to the Guardian. The group said that the move was necessary for “maintaining and promoting a professional environment.”

‘The news of the proposal came via the president of the ISA’s foreign policy analysis section Stephen Saideman, who was opposed to the ban. After the ISA’s announcement, Saideman took to his personal blog posting the proposal text and outlining his reasons at why he thought it’s laughable…’

Calming a Social Media Crisis
‘Among executives, reputation is frequently cited as one of the top strategic risks. This comes down to a number of factors, the most important of which is the fact that bad news tends to travel much more quickly than good news. When everything’s working fine, people don’t really come out of the woodwork to say so. When something goes wrong, though, you can be sure that people will be sounding off about it. Many companies consider it essential to have in-house or outside PR and marketing agencies at the ready to handle any public image crisis.

‘Social media and the internet in general have also made the dissemination of information extremely fast, and turned even the most taciturn consumers into very public mouthpieces for bad news about the brands they follow. If your company should find itself in the midst of an embarrassing PR problem, here are three case studies to help you through it…’

Is Guest Blogging Dying?
The Future of Guest Posts and Date Stamping
‘In our most contentious episode yet, Robert and I debate a declaration of the demise of guest blog content, argue with analysts’ view of the value of Twitter, and take issue with some blogs’ lack of transparent date stamping.

‘Then, we take a deep breath before shifting our focus to an amazing, electricity-free content creation effort and an inspiring example of a video game company that is transforming itself into an educational resource on media for its customers…’


About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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