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.