I am most impressed with the reactions I have received from yesterday's blog about the ill-conceived ISA proposal about blogging. I am not surprised that several Duck-sters entered the fray or that MonkeyCage kicked in their views. That Will Opined? Again, not a surprise. Lawyersgunsmoney? Of course, they fired away. Tom Pepinsky joined in. The twitterverse has been very supportive as well, which is also pretty predictable. I do appreciate the web-based support--there has been very little support for the proposal and mostly just questions about what brought this on.
But as some reminded me, the internet is a bit of an echo chamber--we should not be surprised that bloggers are outraged. So, I am most pleased to have received a heap of email from folks around the world who are mighty miffed. I cannot remember a previous post that received multiple emails. And these folks are not entirely bloggers. Indeed, some just happen to be voters in the governing council of the ISA.
And that is where we must go. The proposal is just that. And venting on the internet is fun (I love a good venting), but we need to do more than that. The proposal itself must have been written by those who rarely read blogs, do not tweet and otherwise are social media averse. The rest of the Governing Council? I don't know what they do. But we need to reach them. Blogging, tweeting, and facebooking will help, but we need to do more than that. I am asking for folks to email the Governing Council members to inform that that the proposal policy is poorly conceived, poorly written, and quite damaging if it becomes policy. I don't know if the ISA messaging system works since I cannot message myself to test it. So, you can either use their system or google the members and find their regular email addresses.
The other thing you can do to help out is to either comment here or send me emails that present arguments that either I can wield or my allies can at the meeting in March. What I mean by arguments is a bullet or two (as I did in my initial post) about why the proposal is problematic.
Just a caveat: I was interviewed today by a reporter for Inside Higher Education, and
he pointed out that I serve on the editorial board of Foreign Policy
Analysis, so it turns out that I might be impacted by this policy. What
is an editorial team? Who is covered by this policy? So, perhaps I am a bit more implicated by this policy than I thought. Anyhow, I appreciate any suggestions about how to proceed. I clearly have not read enough of the social movements literature.