Yesterday I posted Duke Prof OK With Rove's Treatment.
That post contained Duke Political Science Chair and professor Michael Munger’s Chronicle letter concerning former presidential assistant Karl Rove appearance at Duke and my comment on Munger’s letter.
Subsequently Munger commented on the Duke Prof OK With Rove's Treatment thread.
Munger also posted at his own non-Duke blog here. His post includes links to his Chronicle letter and it’s thread, my post and it thread, and another blog where he commented in advance of Rove’s Duke appearance.
I responded a short while ago at Munger’s blog to the following with which he concludes his post:
1. The internet has become a place where a lot of people are sure they know things that they don't know.
2. Then they feel entitled, even obliged, to act on that knowledge.
None of this discourse is very enlightening. But to see such a weak, everyday argument (people should get to listen, interruptions aren't that big a problem) attacked with such vitriol from both sides.... Interesting.
Dear Professor Munger:
I’m John in Carolina
I agree the Internet is “a place where a lot of people are sure they know things that they don't know.”
And that’s true of any other place where groups of people gather.
The Internet is also a place where many informed and wise people express themselves, something which isn’t true of all places where people gather.
And yes, as you say people on the Internet who are wrong but certain they’re right often "feel entitled, even obliged, to act.” But so do such people everywhere.
Regarding the particular collection of Internet commentary to which you link, I don’t agree “none of [that] discourse is very enlightening.”
I found your Chronicle letter, for instance, enlightening as did many others.
And while some of the comments on The Chronicle thread were ad hominems or well meant but not well thought out, others struck me as thoughtful and containing reasonable and important criticism of some of the things you said.
I plan to cross post this comment with an introduction at my blog that'll include links to your post here and your Chronicle letter.
I also plan to post this evening or tomorrow on some of the comments you’ve made on the JinC thread.
Finally, while I don’t agree with some of the comments you’ve made – for example, your calling my consideration of the standards that ought to apply in a university classroom and at a talk such as Rove’s “silly” - I do appreciate your willingness to engage in discussion as do just about all JinC readers.
John in Carolina