Hake, R.R. 2008. "Over Sixty Education Blogs," AERA-L post of 27 November 2008' online on the OPEN AERA-L archives at http://tinyurl.com/6c8ttj .
The ABSTRACT reads (slightly edited): The present post list over sixty education blogs, an expansion and correction of earlier posts "Thirty-two Education Blogs" (an earlier entry in this blog) and "Over Fifty Education Blogs" (transmitted to AERA-L with OPEN archives at http://listserv.aera.net/archives/area-l.html . I have also indicated over 25 general references to internet usage and blogging. But do blogs and blog lists contribute positively to the dissemination of useful information? Responding to "Thirty-two Education Blogs," Anita Pincas of the University of London complained that few people have time to examine 32 blogs, that keyword searches are not adequate for "finding out just what we need," and that "semantic web documents may help." Problems in finding out just what we need have recently been addressed by physicist Michael Nielsen, who argues that the internet offers us the first major opportunity to create: (a) a collective long-term working memory such as the physics preprint arXiv http://arxiv.org to replace the antiquated journal system, and (b) a collective short-term working memory for the rapid collaborative development of ideas. Are blogs and discussion lists harbingers of the latter?
The abstract only was transmitted to about 30 academic discussion lists with a potential readership of about 17,000. Doubtless a huge spike will occur in the number of people who follow the over 60 blogs referenced in my post ; - )