A post at orgtheory.net took me to this libertarian blog and site.
The author wondered why people would assume non-profits do more for a community than firms.
I forwarded this to some colleagues with similar interests and we may have run aground of some moderating policies as our comments do not seem to have been posted. Hmmmmm. I guess even free market of ideas people need some ground rules.
I’ll see if my comments go up later.
Basically, I pointed out that
1) The author seems to work for a non-profit. So his stance of “who are those people” is ironic.
2) Non-profit versus profit is a meaningless distinction to make when discussin what they do or how they are perceived.
3) NPs that perform vital services are seen as more community-oriented because they ARE. That does not mean that they are immune from critique. Likewise, firms that push externalities onto communities or that use their political and economic power to suck up more value are seen as less community-minded because their actions ARE.
Writing and Reading (x posted at Nets We Weave). One of the aspects of blogging that I love is the chance to participate in conversations with others who have similar interests. This is why I enjoy academic blogs Orgtheory.net so much. At the same time, it can feel like a time suck of seeming to be productive when it actually does not do anything to advance my writing. How to balance the goodness- feeling connected and part of the dialogue- with not becoming a blogger instead of a scholar? I also find myself often with lots of random thoughts in my head that want to get out. I tend to ignore them out of a belief that to use energy and time to put them to paper or screen dissipates my limited reserves of time and attention. But maybe this is flawed. Maybe it would actually be better to just get them down and out instead of using energy trying to push them aside. As a new experiment in the relationship between blogging and scholarly writing, I will use short bursts of time to write about my writing process or to simply record the random assortment of theory and social science-related ideas and tangents that pop up in my unquiet mind. Rules: •Write for no more than ten minutes. If it is not publishable, save it as a draft. Minimize worrying about sourcing or linking as these activities often turn a ten minute blog jaunt into a hour of blog marathon.
A very important question raised by Sean over at OrgTheory.
Do you put your blog onyour CV?
My response on the flip.
I think the title for my Guardian Column (they don’t seem to update the site) is “Our Online Selves.” That can be improved.
Here is the second installment.
“The End of Culture and Truth?”
I am a blogger. Eight years ago, saying this might have conjured up someone doing something disdainful with their finger and nose, or some fascinating example of a field position in some strange British idea of a sport. But now, most people recognize that I maintain a web-published journal or log (“blog” is a contraction of Web-log). Why would I or anyone else write publish a personal journal on the web? Who do we think we are, anyway? Great unwashed masses clogging the for a with our swollen egos. Like so much on the Internet, from the amusing video of Mentos and Diet Coke (google it!) to archives of Saturday morning cartoon characters, the common response is “Who has the time?”
A friend of mine, a professor, told me off-handedly: “I don’t read blogs. I don’t have time for anyone’s unfinished writing.” I was spluttering with annoyance at such a narrow perspective of blogs and blogging. I have kids so I get the “no time” complaint. But unfinished writing? Surely he has heard the idea that no writing is ever finished meaning that all his favorite classics were also “unfinished writing.” Who knows what undiscovered Shakespeares and Toni Morrisons are out there? I think what he really meant was that he preferred writing that had already been vetted by some authority. He wanted a seal of approval.
As the boys at NPR’s “Its all Politics” podcast like to say:
To the fan of this blog. Be patient. I appreciate your patronage. I am immersed in several academic writing projects.
I’ll be back in a few weeks. Meanwhile, enjoy the archives!
I keep meaning to improve this blog…
- blog hits counter
- Figure out diff between tags and categories (do I need both?)
- go to three column?
- fill out blogroll
- consolidate categories (life, writing, politics & government, local, words, research, networks, sociology, economics, organization theory… is that enough?)
- Explore wordpress site and forum for more ideas
Maybe more later…
I just figured ou the diff between wordpress.com and org, basically between teh software hsoted on a server I control versus the free hosting. SO far, I think I will stick with free, but its nice to know I could download and customize of my blogging heart so desires some day.