That is one right that I am happy to fail to exercise 99.99999% of the time - I have better things to do.
The public has a right to see how their elected representatives behave and perform in Parliament -- warts and all.
Using the example of (the topical) "spin doctors" they argue that information is the "most valuable commodity today". This is simply untrue and an indication of how old media savvy people simply do NOT GET the new world. If you think information has significant worth think about the cost of one page of the Encylcopedia Britannica and how this price has changed over time. In my paper "Back to the Future: Virtual Theologising as Recapitulation" I calculated:
Arguably it ranks third only to the invention of the printing press and the internet in the impact it has had on the communications' world.
The cost of information can be approximately measured by calculating the cost per page of an encyclopaedia (or its equivalent before the modern genre “encyclopaedia” developed). Since the value of money, and indeed exchange rates, change with time and geography, the time worked at an average wage to earn one page of information provides a comparable measure across time. So, in the manuscript age a scribe produced some 150-200 lines per day, and information cost in the order of 8 hours per page. In 1771, when the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was produced it contained 2689 pages of information, and cost ₤600 or 11⅓d per page. The average wage for an English farm labourer at that time is estimated to be about 11½ d per day, so such a servant would have had to work about one day to earn a page of the new publication. Given that farm labourers were paid significantly less than professionals like medieval scribes, and that estimates put the wage of a skilled artisan at this time at about double this, we can suggest that the cost of information had at least halved by this time. By the close of the twentieth century, however, a print copy of the encyclopaedia cost NZ$2,050 but contained nearly 32,000 pages, or about 6.5 cents per page. The average hourly wage was NZ$17.44 giving about 13 seconds per page.So,the major premise of the piece is flawed. Therefore its discussion and conclusions are also inevitably flawed. The conclusion reads:
All of these figures concern the cost of information supplied as words on a real page of paper. Electronic information is cheaper still. At the turn of this century the CD-ROM edition cost NZ$100 giving a cost per page equivalent of just over one half second. The graph of this cost is clearly asymptotic, tending towards zero - for half a second’s labour is a very low cost indeed. The information will take hundreds of times longer to read, let alone process and understand. The cost will never reach zero because there is always some cost involved in accessing information, if only things like the electricity required to run the equipment.
If it is to genuinely provide us with more information, then blogging relies on our ability to filter information and discern truth. But in an age so skeptical of experts and authority, can we really put blogging to good use?Wrong and wrong! Because the New World of communications relies on our ability and responsibility to filter information we MUST be skeptical of "experts" and "authority" and so must put blogging to good use!
 or this estimate see Michael Gullick, "How fast did scribes write? Evidence from Romanesque manuscripts," in Making the Medieval Book: techniques of production: proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500, Oxford, July 1992 (ed. Linda L. Brownrigg, Los Altos Hills, Calif.: Anderson-Lovelace / London: Red Gull Press: 1995) 39-58.
 The pages of print encyclopedias contain many more words than a manuscript page and my estimate of 8 hours seeks to represent this fact – if one simply measures by the page the figure would be nearer three hours.
 The figures are drawn from various editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica article “Encyclopaedia”.
 Gregory Clark, "Farm Wages and Living Standards in the Industrial Revolution: England, 1670-1869", The Economic History Review 54,3 (2001) 477-505, esp. 503.
 Peter Mathias, The First Industrial Nation: The Economic History of Britain (London: Methuen, 1983) 197.
 E-mail response from us.britannica.com 16th May 2005.
 The New Zealand Official Yearbook 102nd edition (Wellington: Govt. Printer, 2000) 332.
The Bible Society undertook some research that displayed only 21% of the more than 2,000 church attending participants read their Bible daily. Twenty one percent. Twenty two percent stated they read it at least weekly with the remaining 57% which absolutely should blow you away. I hope it does, because this is a crisis. The remaining 57% saying they either read the Bible occasionally or hardly ever – 22%. Now similar studies recently conducted in the U.S. stated that only 12%. In this study in the U.S. which is quite large, 12% said they read the Bible regularly. Twelve percent! This is an issued that faces the Western Church and I’ve had the opportunity of doing a little travelling, chatting to colleagues in other western Countries, in the U.S., U.K and even Australia. And this is the problem they face. This is an epidemic.Mark also candidly shares his personal experience, in which the central problem was "that through my theology training the Bible had moved from my heart to my head." This is a huge problem (at least for a theological educator!) though one I will hope to return to in a later post. For now, I just want to note now what happened when we discussed Mark's question in our local church elders meeting a while back.
sum I object to the scholarly mentality that sees itself as "washed in
the blood of the peer review". Peer review does not guarantee truth. No
one can believe it does. Hence, it exists simply for the preservation
of power. It is nothing less than the old cliche of the smoke filled
back room where the good ole' white boys gather around the card table
to buttress the careers of their friends while they ignore those who
are not worthy of their attention because "their ideas didn't appear in
the Journal of High-Falootin' Research" published by Brill and costing
95 Dollars for each issue published on a quarterly basis.
Academics is not merely about reading, teaching, and writing–it’s also about brand building. Want to get your new book idea distributed by a top-flight publishing house? Want to be asked to participate in the invitation-only conference? How about writing a major article for a prominent dictionary or encyclopedia? Ever dream of editing a journal? Want to recieve an endowed chair? You get the picture. In order to do anything of these things you need to be bright, dependable, and have good ideas. You also need to be a one-person brand.A different, but effective way to think about academic careers - particularly recommended to recent PhDs and scholars with an early onset mid-life crisis ;-)
I am not sure that I can blog ...That assessment remains true! So, no second office for me, though I do hope to keep my audio annex going with posts to 5 minute Bible... but not until my paper for the God and Gender colloquium is finished!
So this probably is not [yet?] a blog, therefore it's a NonBlog, yet I'm not joking (in French sans blague ;)
The items of special concern to one constituency in our planningI'm not sure whether the "one constituency in our planning meeting" phrase indicates an otherwise widespread desire to engage with the opportunities and challenges of Web 2.0 and beyond, or whether it is just a scholarly caution not wishing to implicate others in what one has observed is true of a small sample. Either way, the inability to engage with Web 2.0 and beyond seems to me to be endemic in the Theological world. How many teachers at your institution (assuming you are institutionalised ;-) have a blog, even?
meeting stayed fixed at the Web 1.0, or generously at the Web 1.5 level
— whereas the digital natives who will very soon be entering
seminary take Web 2.0 for granted, and some have begun messing with
more adventuresome instantiations of the digital environment. To a
student who’s active with Facebook and Flickr, who plays in
Second Life or Warcraft, who’s comfortable chatting in text,
conversing over a shared audio server (such as Ventrillo or TeamSpeak),
at the same time she’s flying to her island in Second Life, a
seminary’s installation of BlackBoard not only represents archaic
technology, it represents determined irrelevance to her way of daily
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