Thursday, 28 August 2008

Which are the best scholarly film and media blogs?

Over the next two months or so, Film Studies For Free is running a little poll to gather views about the best of the scholarly film and media blogs currently out there. Perhaps the identity of the very best scholarly blog is a foregone conclusion... But I hope, along the way, to generate some fruitful discussion about what scholarliness (see below for some definitions) can be in the blogosphere. I hope also to discover some more 'film blogs of note'.

So, to this end, please vote on the (so far) twelve websites I've listed on the right of this blog (all of which already appear FSFF's Blog Roll). If any film and media weblogs you value highly do not appear in the list, please email FSFF with your suggestions or use the comments options at the foot of this post. I will add all relevant sites both to the poll listing and to the blogroll (to which new items are added pretty frequently anyway).

By the way, of relevance HERE is a link an online article, which I have just added to my list of Open Access websites: it's a discussion piece entitled 'Open Access 2.0: Access to Scholarly Publications Moves to a New Phase' by Joseph J. Esposito. It sets out what may or may not be possible in emerging versions of scholarly web publishing.

And HERE's a link to a similarly interesting set of discussions about blog scholarliness in general by Alex Halavais.

Get voting!

S C H O L A R L Y (adj.) - characteristic of scholars or scholarship; "scholarly pursuits"; "a scholarly treatise"; "a scholarly attitude"

critical - characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
intellectual - appealing to or using the intellect; "satire is an intellectual weapon"; "intellectual workers engaged in creative literary or artistic or scientific labor"; "has tremendous intellectual sympathy for oppressed people"; "coldly intellectual"; "sort of the intellectual type"; "intellectual literature"
profound - showing intellectual penetration or emotional depth; "the differences are profound"; "a profound insight"; "a profound book"; "a profound mind"; "profound contempt"; "profound regret"
unscholarly - not scholarly

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