Twittergate

Two links of interest for the crowd watching the slow motion car crash at the intersection of higher ed and social media:

  1. Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s “Advice on Academic Blogging, Tweeting, Whatever,” which, in part, covers a conflict at the annual MLA conference over the ethics of tweeting proceedings.
  2. That debate spilled over onto Twitter (dubbed #twittergate) and was captured by Adeline Koh.

If you’d like to register an opinion, the crucial questions in those two links are these:

  1. Is it okay to tweet conference proceedings? Under what conditions? (ie. If the presenter gives permission.)
  2. How should a scholar conduct herself online and how should the academy value that conduct?

Such growing pains, though, right?

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