The above quote is from Professor Bryan Caplan, of the Department of Economics at George Mason University (GMU), from a blog post entitled Why Do So Many GMU Economists Blog? (via @stephenkinsella).
In the post, Caplan contradicts the argument that GMU "faculty can't publish "real articles" in "real journals," we took our marbles, went home, and started blogs" - he has three problems with this view:
- GMU economists who blog the most also publish the most journal articles
- Most of the GMU faculty who don't publish in academic journals don't blog either, they don't write anything at all
- He asks - "how many leading economists would do conventional research in their spare time for free?"
Caplan concludes with an excellent thought:
Here's a forum where you write for a sizable, high-quality audience about anything that interests you. Here's a forum where you can eternally debate other people obsessed with ideas. Here's a forum where you can instantly pose as a public intellectual - and try to "fake it till you make it." Here's a forum that actually penalizes atrocious academic writing!
I couldn't put it better myself!