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September 6, 2010

Is blogging now officially a "mainstream medium"?

The question in the title of this post is inspired by this new piece in The National Law Journal, which is headlined "Law School Report: A look at professors who have made blogging a mainstream medium." I am flattered and honored to be included among the impressive list of lawprof bloggers profiled by Leigh Jones in the article, which starts this way:

Somewhere between fusty law treatises and Twitter lie law blogs, many of them written by the top legal scholars in the country.  Just five years ago, the notion of law professors delivering quick and cogent commentary to the masses — with the opportunity for instant feedback, no less — was a novel concept.  Today, it is rare for law schools not to have at least two or three professors on faculty who regularly tap away at their blogs, often with their morning cup of coffee or after they've put the kids to bed at night.

The National Law Journalhas profiled some of the pioneers in law blogging. Their online endeavors keep readers current on topics ranging from Sixth Amendment rights to tax law, from faculty appointments to securities fraud.  Their work has given legal scholars a greater voice in the public forum and brought recognition to the schools they represent.

I ask the question in the title of this post because I am wondering if I now need to consider myself part of the MSM.  To quote a great Seinfeld episode, "Not that there is anything wrong with that."

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Doug --

Well golly, congratulations! The only publication I get profiled in is "Most Annoying Ex-Prosecutors."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Sep 7, 2010 4:43:49 PM

Not much to celebrate. There are only two types of people who are lower in public esteem and more reprehensible than the lawyer. One is the convicted felon. The second is the journalist. I have never met anyone who has been in the newspaper who said, "They got it right. That is the way it is." And again, the aim is not to inform, but to sell ads. It is the high fallutin' hypocrisy that makes these two groups so slimy. We are the saviors of our civilization, they each claim, as they care about nothing but the revenue.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 7, 2010 9:45:29 PM

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