by Eszter Hargittai on December 7, 2005

Dan Drezner, Eszter Hargittai and Sean Carroll at WGN

As soon as Milt Rosenberg mentioned the word “bloguest” (“blogguest”?) he recanted. But that did not stop us from bringing it up a few more times during his show. As Henry kindly mentioned yesterday, I was on Milt Rosenberg’s Extension 720 radio show last night with Dan Drezner (blog) and Sean Carroll (group blog). It was fun. I don’t think they make it available online in archives so I am afraid it is not possible to listen to it at this point.

We discussed all sorts of topics starting with an explanation of what blogs are to blogs and politics, the role of blogs in academia and the risks of blogging about certain issues. At times the conversation went a bit off topic (e.g. when Milt asked Sean whether there are multiple universes), but for the most part we talked about blogs and blogging.

Some of the call-in questions had to do with how people can find certain types of content (e.g. blogs on particular topics). Needless to say I see this linking in nicely with my research on user skill differences. There are lots of users out there who don’t know that much about how one finds various types of content or how one navigates certain online services (e.g. RSS feeds). It is too easy to assume evryone is as savvy as you are, but that is often the wrong assumption.

Thanks to Milt for hosting us and providing interesting questions. Thanks also to Maggie Berndt, producer of the show, for all her work on it.

I have posted some pictures taken during the commercial breaks and after the show.

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12.07.05 at 12:42 pm



Sean 12.07.05 at 12:40 pm

It was “blogessors”! Bloggers who are also professors (or transgressors, I suppose, although that wasn’t the intent).

It was a fun show, thanks for the pictures.


Kieran Healy 12.07.05 at 12:47 pm


Ack. Personally I prefer “Bloggelufagus.”


Eszter 12.07.05 at 5:16 pm

Was it really blogessors? I completely misunderstood then! I’ve been known to do that, I’m afraid. Ooops.


serial catowner 12.07.05 at 7:05 pm

Just try not to use the words ‘blogguest’ and ‘blogquest’ in the same sentence. If you can. If you must, pick up two extra points by including the word ‘bloggiest’.


Eszter 12.07.05 at 7:10 pm

Do you mean “bloggeist”? Or do you mean bloggier than bloggy so bloggiest?

How did we end up with this discussion?:-)


Kenny Easwaran 12.07.05 at 11:36 pm

I would certainly want to pronounce a word meaning “guest blogger” with a geminate “g” (doubled length), so “blogguest”, rather than “blogest” (which just sounds like the superlative of “blog, blogger”). Even if that’s not the word in question.


John Quiggin 12.08.05 at 5:17 am

I certainly believe in the BlogGeist

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