David A. Bell, David Bromwich, Daniel W. Drezner, David
Greenberg, Jacob S. Hacker, Michael Kazin, Sanford Levinson, Jacob T.
Levy, Darrin M. McMahon, John McWhorter, Elisa New, Steven Pinker, Eric
Rauchway, Christine Stansell, Lawrence Summers, Cass R. Sunstein,
Abigail Thernstrom, Ted Widmer and Alan Wolfe.
I’m not entirely sure what its establishment means for the future of
academic blogging. Does it bode well? Does it mean academic bloggers
have already “made it”? How will these titans interact with
established bloggers? Will they participate in discussions or will
they merely initiate them?
Over the past three years, I’ve corresponded with four of its
contributors; all four struck me as personable, charitable scholars
willing to engage their opponents. (A few months back, I heard Pinker
was “stubborn, arrogant, uncooperative and chewed with his mouth open.”
That description—sans flourish—didn’t jibe with my experience.) What effect will having to deal with trolls, sorrowful or otherwise, have on them? I’m as curious as I can be (without wishing it upon them).