bloggy bloggyHere is a rather great NYT article about blogs, by a Jeffrey Rosen (law professor)...
As Web logs proliferate -- Technorati, which tracks 5 million blogs, estimates that 15,000 are added each day -- the boundaries between public and private are being transformed. Unconstrained by journalistic conventions, bloggers are blurring the lines between public events and ordinary social interactions and changing the way we date, work, teach and live. And as blogs continue to proliferate, citizens will have to develop new understandings about what parts of our lives are on and off the record.
But unlike course-evaluation sites, many blawgs focus on far more than their teachers' public performances: they are essentially gossip sheets in which anonymous students transcribe conversations in and out of class with their professors and fellow students. For example, a blawg called Open and Notorious posted by students at a Washington law school was taken down after it posted graphic transcripts of conversations between professors and sycophantic students, as well as speculation about who was sleeping with whom.
At the law school where I teach, George Washington, I recently discovered that there are two anonymous student-run blawgs, Ambivalent Imbroglio and Life, Law, Libido. One includes photos and gossip items about student sex scandals, like the Capitol Hill intern (yes, another one) who broke up with one of his co-interns and then sent her a scathing e-mail message. The bloggers also include verbatim transcripts of their conversations with my colleagues not only in class but during office hours, augmented by unkind (if sometimes wickedly accurate) comments.
On other notes, some friends are visiting and we had the world's busiest and funnest day:
Went to the Swiss Pastry Shoppe, the post office, drove around Malibu looking at the ocean, went to the Getty Museum (and went on an architecture tour), gave a short short tour of UCLA, drove to the Abbey bar in West Hollywood and drank, went to the Grove to see "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," ate In & Out Burger, and then watched 1/2 of an unfinished DVD we had rented. We accidentally fell asleep during our "nap" at 9pm and so we didn't get to make a night out of it. WOW. What a day. Phew.