A very prominent German Wikipedian, Meisterkoch (“Master Chef”), doesn’t like bloggers much. In a recent opinion piece he manages to insult all the world’s blogging scientists in one fell swoop.
“At best, blogs are run by second-rate scientists; typically, however, just by unemployed people. … In fact, blogs allow the repeated and systematic transfer of half-knowledge and subjectivities which can be ‘consumed’ and amplified even further by other non-scientific media (other blogs, Twitter, etc.). … Bloggers usually react with anger and denial if you point out that their blogs are not as important as the bloggers think. Nevertheless, blogs contribute to increased visibility for scientists who are at best mediocre.”
So, one of the marks of a first-rate scientist is apparently that she does not blog. Luckily, my experience with young German scholars has taught me that this kind of Prussian authoritarianism is going extinct.
Via Mathias Klang.