mea culpa

Earlier, I refused to link to the soc shrine blog because I thought they had “proto-noxious” intentions toward the sociology blogging community. As far as I can tell, I was wrong about this, and I’ve also been finding it fun to read. My original title for this post was “tentative mea culpa,” but I have my moments of being a creature of faith against my usual sea of expecting the worst, so I’ll even remove the “tentative.” Here, btw, is one of their posts about me: no, I don’t know what the various acronyms they use to refer to me mean, nor do I know why they call me the first sociology blogger (perhaps I should make up bumper stickers saying “Kieran: Earlier, Funnier, Smarter, Saner”).

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

8 thoughts on “mea culpa”

  1. i like reading it too and haven’t detected anything negative — it tends toward the positive, i think. however, i confess that (about half the time) i don’t ‘get’ the posts (or the lead-in to the posts or the title of the posts). it sort of reminds me of being in high school and not being cool or smart enough to get the references others are making — am i alone in this? the titles sometimes read as if they were written with a random word generator but maybe i’m missing something basic.


  2. Thanks NewSocProf. I don’t get a lot of it either, but I thought that was because I was of a different generation (OldSocProf). But what I do get I generally like. They (he? she?) did reprint one of my posts in its entirety, as they did with Jeremy’s. I’ve now returned the favor by ripping off their Peanuts post.


  3. I don’t get a lot of it either. And they have their RSS feed set up so that you have to click through to get to the meat of the post… which I tend to have already read the first time it got posted by the original author. So, yeah, while I agree that it doesn’t seem as though he/she/it has bad intentions, I also don’t really read it because it’s redundant for me.


  4. I don’t get many of what I take to be jokes either, but I take that to be part of its schtick. They are positioning the soc blogging community as like high school, where we are all some combination of the nerds and popular kids, and they are the artsy kids who are out in the parking lot smoking behind the dumpster. I’ve found that part charming, actually.

    As with Brayden, I’m kind of amazed at how much of sociology blogging they have read.


  5. ahhhh… with this in mind, i re-read the post intros for links to scatter and my blog and discovered that you, Jeremy, are popular and i am a nerd.

    OT: i’m definitely stealing fabio’s ‘eggers in training’ comment.


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