John Palfrey on Blogs at Harvard

Many of us have wondered what the effect of all this social media has on our daily lives and in particular academia. John Palfrey out of Harvard has a short piece on how blogs have helped make resources and ideas more accessible in academia.

Here’s an excerpt:

More often that you might think, we get asked about how the Weblogs@Harvard project (the server on which this blog appears) got started and why we at the Berkman Center maintain it.  I got several questions about it in the context of an event this week, in fact, eight years or so into the project.  I thought I’d write it up briefly as a first-person account, as a way to have some place to point people to when they ask.  It also seems to me to be a useful, if odd, bit of history to record about the use of social media in an academic community.  There are no doubt other ways to tell the story, but this is a blogs server after all, so I’ll lean into the medium as a way to deliver this message.

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