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Saturday, January 19, 2008
  NC Science Blogging Conference: Adventures in Science Blogging
Jennifer Ouellette

Where is science going?
The way we never were: anti-social geeks
we are: scientists, educators, writers, students, other
She's gotten a lot from her blog.

we have a lot of strengths including personal voice, opinionated...
but there are some concerns: no accountability, comment trolls...
ostrich effect: people only listen to views that agree with theirs

more and more science bloggers and bloggers from msm, etc. blogging now gets you noticed by msm. but there are still some universities that state that they will hold blogging against junior faculty in tenure decisions.

(she sees a need for more professional bloggers -- i disagree. I think it's precisely the people who are active in their discipline who write the most interesting blogs/posts)

(argh! open access <> electronic -- she said that we need open access so we have electronic access ARGH!)

audience:
- D. S. - I don't need or want to be paid for blogging
- someone - institutional reasons to support their scientists blogs
- H. - it's more than either no or tight oversight, there can be some middle ground - someone checking in from time to time and bloggers being considerate of their employers
- science writer vs. science blogger is not a real distinction
- indy media - neither msm or blogs (fills in the continuum)
- the accuracy and expertise of the science bloggers is overlooked - generalist journalists are not able to do the same
-we do have some voice on msm newspaper sites as they now link to blog comments (using technorati or sphere)
- q from online, about getting tenure

(very sleepy and a lot skeptical and a little cranky so take this all with a grain of salt)

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