Monday, July 03, 2006

Academic blogging

There's a good article in The Age today about academic blogging. The piece caught my eye because it featured a picture of -- and interview with -- Associate Professor Greg Restall, whose philosophy (symbolic logic) class I attended during Semester 1 this year.

It's getting harder and harder to support the claim that the utility of blogging is all hyped up nonsense.


At July 03, 2006 9:20 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

This is the real deal, Sukrit, although there is something in the argument that group blogs are inherently more interesting than individual efforts. Half of the regional centre where I live now knows about this blog... and inexplicably, I didn't tell them about it.

Spooky. Small town legal beagle discovers blogging, suddenly has locals saying 'about that post last night...'

At July 05, 2006 5:36 am, Anonymous Sarah_incompetent spy said...

Time to plump up your Xanga Moomoo!

At July 06, 2006 8:24 pm, Anonymous mikey said...

you should get yourself a puppy Sceptic. Then you could be Legal beagle and beagle. Sounds like a name for a law firm.

Beagle & Beagle, specialists in tax evasion, no I didn't just say that. Didn't mean it anyway.

Or maybe you could get a bird.
Beagle, Beagle and Eag.... Somebody stop me, please?

At July 06, 2006 8:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

skeptic I've been meaning to ask you about these phrases you've been using, things like 'legal beagle' and nearly 'having a kitten' - are these common where you live? A country thing perhaps? Am I missing out on some great slang because I live in melbourne?

At July 06, 2006 10:34 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

The Australian vernacular is alive and well in the country, I can assure you of that. I have a goodly collection, and so do most people where I live.

When I'm in the city, I roll out my country witticisms and have the city slickers rolling in the aisles. I don't realise it's amusing until I get a reaction like yours... Yet older people I've worked with (law and elsewhere) can remember when most people spoke like I do.

Maybe there's something in the argument that Australians - in the city at least - are losing the clever 'strine' that once made them unique. Maybe, as the world becomes more globalised, country Australians will lose it too... I hope not, though. I think Australian idioms are distinctive enough to preserve, although frankly I don't know how you'd go about doing so.

BTW Mikey I have two dogs... so maybe I'm already halfway there:)

At July 06, 2006 10:55 pm, Anonymous mikey said...

It's not just Aussie vernacular that has it's strength in the countryside, but the accent too. i've never had it - because of northern european heritage - but there's something more 'authentic' about rural voices, which often gets washed away in the slick of the city.

But I think the city is responsible for a whole lot of language fusion which is defining Australian identity in its own way.

What about something like 'She'll be right', Sukrit? Would you ever use that? Or do you hear it from time to time?

At July 07, 2006 6:06 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

People still use 'she'll be right' where I live (country Qld), although 'it's all good' is a common alternative.

At July 07, 2006 11:18 pm, Anonymous mikey said...

Backpacking and travelling in general brings out the vernacular in all of us. When you're a million miles from everyone suddenly becomes your 'mate.'

Not to mention that in such circumstances, Aussie strine serves as a neat party trick.

I think 'It's all good' might be a more modern adaptation.' Or do the cockies say that too?

At July 08, 2006 12:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have never used "She'll be right" or "No worries" and rarely use "It's all good". "No problem" is more frequent for me.

I don't use much of the Aussie colloquial stuff at all, probably a reflection of my 5 years spent in the US.

At July 10, 2006 9:04 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

I get the impression 'no problem' is more of an Americanism... I'm thinking, for some reason, of a line in one of the Terminator films.


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