15 Mar 2008, Comments Off on Ephemera


Author: Helen

Here are two links to things which might not last. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Thirdcat is blogging here while the Adelaide Festival’s on. An unexpected bounty of Thirdcatty writing! Go, read!*

Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber writes:

One of the more annoying aspects of academic publishing is that articles are usually behind a paywall and thus effectively unavailable to people without an institutional affiliation. I’ve felt this especially keenly with respect to the Public Choice special issue on blogging that Dan Drezner and I co-edited.
…The good news, via my colleague Eric Lawrence, is that Springer Verlag are making Public Choice available for free to everyone via the WWW until the end of April, as a promotional exercise. So if you want to read my or (more likely) the other contributors’ thoughts on blogging, click on this link and click through to the January 2008 issue. For a limited time only, as they say in the business.

Here’s a direct link, which will work until April, I hope. It’s a collection of articles on blogging by a who’s who of Crooked Timber bloggers (Henry Farrell, Laura McKenna, Eszter Hargittai and others), as opposed to print journalists who are typing more slowly than usual because they’re using the other hand to hold their noses.
Well done that Eric Lawrence man.

Crooked Timber is one of my favourite reads- it’s fun and a great antidote to the “academics are all pointy-heads in an ivory tower” crap we’re so used to in Australia.

*My pathetic personal rebellion against US cultural imperialism; the blog convention is “go read”, which isn’t our syntax, but somehow, “go and read it” (the Australian usage) seems too wordy, somehow. Is blogging accelerating the trend to US speech? Is this a bad thing? discuss.
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom

Comments (0)

  • “have a squiz” or ” have a dekko” or “check it out” slightly longer than “go, read” although perhaps not if comma is counted but less than “go and read it”. what about “read it” or “here”

  • ” have a butchers”

  • Helen says:

    Have a squiz is my favourite, I think.
    Isn’t “check it out” from the US as well? It has been current here for a long time though.

  • Oz Ozzie says:

    Australians are good at picking up lingo from other countries. Including USA. But this doesn’t mean we are accelerating towards US speech. We have a wide variety of interesting colloquialisms. I get reminded about this forcefully when I travel to USA for work, and have to deal with blank looks all the time.

    I heard Jimeon on this subject once – Australia is rather unique because there is hardly any accent difference around the country. Instead, the difference is expressed in sayings, and we are far more ready to adopt new ones.

  • Zoe says:

    Do yourself a favour!

  • Helen says:

    Wrap yer eyeballs around that!

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