The conversation that I struck up last week on the viability of the email listserv as a primary mode of scholarly communication has been picked up on the H-German list. I have no way of knowing if Paul Steege of Villanova University even read what I’d written, but even if he has not, he raises the same issues that I did in a recent post on the list. What I particularly like about Steege’s posting is that while I was talking about the general case of email vs. Web 2.0 applications, he offers a very specific instance of how we might look at the difference between an email listserv and a public blog.
A conversation of sorts on this issue has now begun on the H-German list. Dan Rogers, of the University of South Alabama asked (in response to Steege):
“[I]s it time for H-German and other such networks to consider the next great leap, away from e-mail and RSS feeds of e-mail, into a blogging format? Multiple simultaneous yet isolated conversations about different subjects would be possible, rather than the one conversation we have now, which sometimes drifts into an infrequent monologue because no one dares (or cares) to comment.”
Both of these posts on H-German are well worth a close read.