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Inside/Outside the Ivory Tower

March 18, 2012

Walker, Jill. “Blogging from Inside the Ivory Tower.” Uses of Blogs. Ed. Axel Bruns and Joanne Jacobs. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2006. 127 – 137. Print.

In this chapter, Walker talks about her own ambivalence blogging now that she has a position invested in the hierarchy of academic life. As academia is steeped in a reliance upon hierarchy, blogging creates a tension, as part of its appeal is that it is non-hierarchical and open to anyone who wishes to create an (usually free) account. She notes the type of people who keep scholarly blogs, and also that those who comment critically and/or humorously on academia also blog under anonymous pseudonyms.

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