In a thread on orgtheory, the moribund blog “left2right” was brought up, which was apparently an effort by Rock Stars of the Academic Left to have a blog about reaching out to the right. In general, blogs fail when they are premised on the idea of writing for people who’ve adamantly no interest in reading what you have to say, especially when posed in unidirectional “myWisdom2yourIgnorance” terms.
Anyway, Omar then likens it to the idea of a blog called “soc2econ,” which may be the Single Most Hilarous Joke Academic Blog Concept Ever. soc2econ: The blog by sociologists who want to reach out and impart their wisdom to economists eager for enlightenment. I literally had to hold the sides of my head to keep it from exploding as all these possible jokes rushed into my brain. If I had time and graphic design wherewithal, I would be putting this together for April Fool’s Day. If I do sometime, y’all have to play along. Everybody has to pretend to be extremely earnest.
I still believe that nothing points to a difference between the disciplines of sociology and economics quite as incisively as the idea that this cartoon is something sociologists would create and regard as sufficiently amusing that they would try to sell it to other sociologists. You substitute “economists” for “sociologists” and the idea of AEA selling it is unfathomable. (Actually, I suppose if you just keep it as is, the idea of AEA selling it is quite fathomable.)