[Air-L] snide, cute, ignorant, surprising
Nicole B Ellison
nellison at msu.edu
Sun Dec 16 16:24:12 PST 2007
Having spoken with Monica I was also very disappointed by the snarky tone of
the article. I was actually excited by the topic - social network studies
as an academic discipline - but the points that were pulled out of our
interview were nowhere near the most interesting ones (in my mind at least).
Namely, that this field is one that is particularly important to study from
a variety of different disciplinary lenses and methodologies. My point about
AOIR (which didn't make it into the article) was that it was particularly
vital for this reason - that it helps to prevent situations where scholars
in different disciplines are saying the same thing but not citing one
another. That's what I value about this organization.
I guess the juicy "young scholar resented by sheeplike professors who cite
one another and use big words unnecessarily" angle was too juicy to resist.
But it is a shame that this vibrant area of research is presented as just
the flavor of the month.
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