The International Studies Association Executive Committee has forwarded a proposal to the duck earmuffsGoverning Council that meets at the Association’s annual meeting that addresses blogging.  The proposal and my take on it are discussed at my blogThe essence of it is to prohibit those involved in the editing of journals from blogging.  The text of it goes beyond that, assuming/asserting that blogging is inherently unprofessional.  That is not a message that the ISA should be sending out now or ever, really.

Will Moore takes a swing at the policy as well.  I am sure others will do as well here and elsewhere.

The policy seems to be based on a heap of ignorance about blogging and what the profession thinks so consult Dan Drezner’s post about the blog-specific results of the TRIP survey.

For an old podcast where Dan Nexon, founder and ex-Ducker and current editor of ISQ, conversed with Dan Drezner, one of the pioneers in IR blogging, go here.

If you want to help defeat this proposal, contact the folks on the Governing Council who will be voting on this proposal in March.  If you find allies among the GC, let me know so that I know who I can work with (email me at steve_saideman@carleton.ca).

And, of course, comment either here or at my blog on this policy, as I can use more/better arguments as well as more testimonies.  And if you think this policy is a good idea, please do comment below and/or at my blog as that would help us prove that blogs can be constructive for folks to argue and such….

 

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