Richard Stacy had an interesting blog post about journalism and the sanctity of publication. In this post he discusses the indignant attitude of journalists as it relates to the social media and how traditional journalists view traditional publications as the only forms of discourse to be valued.
I am excited that we are seeing a contrary attitude in scholarly publishing. I have participated in two very forward thinking blogger symposiums: Bloggership – How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship* at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School in April 2006 (yes, 2006!), and the more recent Economics Bloggers Forum at the Kauffman Foundation. The participants of both symposiums accepted social media as being part of the discourse and Bloggership produced several interesting papers. Even the staid, traditional group of scholarly publishers at the Society of Scholarly Publishers Meeting in Baltimore had a Twitter following with 170 Tweets during the conference, and about 40 since the conference.
There is a lot of change needed in scholarly publishing but at least some in scholarly publishing are not looking at social media with an indignant attitude.
*Click on “more>” after “How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship” on Berkman’s website for more information on the Bloggership Symposium, including Podcasts of all sessions.