NEW ASSIGMENT: You know, last week, when all the guest bloggers were here, two things happened that connect me to this week's area of concentration.
1. Trinity's PR department wanted to invite one member of the press to attend. Which meant that I had to ask the bloggers how they felt about that. Some of them didn't want the Hartford Courant in the room. So I told the newspaper to stay home. But before we even reached that point, the PR department was emailing me to ask which bloggers were coming; and I wrote back, "SpazeBoy, Caffeineted Geek Girl, Genghis Conn ..." And she wrote back, "And they would be ...?" And I refused to elaborate, because there's a kind of finality to blog persona. If you're going to look at blogs, you're going to deal with those personae. But it piqued my interest, as did the bloggers preference that the MSM stay away.
2. And then Gabe, who stayed with us only briefly, said something about why he thinks it's important to use his own name. And that made me realize we have never plunged into this whole area.
Consider this academic blogger who, in February, had a few sharp things to say about her persona.
Now read her current postings. You need to scroll down a few days to see she accidentally outed hereself in a posting, which touched off a series of musings yet again on the issue of anonymity.
We will read and think more about that in the next few days.
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