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Steve,

Does Brad actually do the deleting, and if so does he ever explain his reasons? Or does he have a graduate student monitor the site and do the deleting and the student is just being overzealous. I mean has anyone ever asked Brad what is going on?!

It just doesn't seem like scholarly/intellectual/professorial behavior does it? I would think Brad would be "better" than that given his track record prior to the blogosphere.

I do think blogs are the worst form of democratization of knowledge, not the best form of it. God just think if Habermas actually had his way how screwed up everyting would be!!!!

Pete

Since it's clearly DeLong who intersperses comments in the comments section, I have to believe he's the one doing the monitoring. The enormous size of his ego suggests that he wouldn't trust a mere grad student to protect his precious Ministry of Truth.

And no it does not seem like very good scholarly behavior. But then again, neither are his readings of Hayek anything remotely close to good scholarly behavior, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.

I remember him responding once to someone who asked why he deleted a particular comment. His response was something like 'because you don't get to make claims that aren't true'.

Steve, I thought you suggested we begin to ignore DeLong. We know what he is, and what he does now, so why keep fighting the battle with a non-scholar who systematically violates the norms of the scientific community? Too important to ignore?

Good question Dave. His blog is widely read and I do think it's worth taking a crack at responding to obvious misrepresentations of Hayek etc.. Plus, it's a consumption good for me. :)

Steve,

I haven't been following this in detail. However, I wonder if there is a way of finding out what DeLong's students think of him. Could be quite revealing. I checked Rate Your Professor but didn't find anything. I bet a Berkeley student could find some things online in their student reviews.

Pete,

Please expand on the Habermas. Do you reject his notion of "communcative rationality" or just political democracy as such? Or both!

If you've been following the debate about Keynes over on the Economist site, there's plenty of communcation I suppose, but not a whole lotta anything "rational" going on, so maybe I see your point.

Have any of his colleagues at Berkeley said or written anything about his blog? how do they feel about him being the public face of their department?

I think the real question is... are de Long's scholarly articles as bad as his blog posts?

Here's Lawrence White's peer reviewed article taking on DeLong's own peer reviewed work:

http://economics.sbs.ohio-state.edu/jmcb/jmcb/07056/07056.pdf

I really think DeLong's censorship traits should be mentioned in his Wikipedia entry. Blog posts come and go, the Wikipedia article is actually the only permanent and visible source at our disposal. People deserve to know who Brad DeLong really is. If Horwitz is wrong regarding the post deleting (maybe DeLong has some virus in his computer that is responsible for this), at least DeLong would have to come forward and clarify the whole situation.

"Plus, it's a consumption good for me." :)
OK, that made me smile.
But seriously, he's been so partisan lately.
I heard him on TV Ontario and he was beyond condescending to his opponents (and added a gratuitous swipe at Amity Shales).

I have left comments on deLong's blog on a few occasion. It all went to his trashcan very fast. Civil or not, he doesn't like any comments that doesn't agree with his ideology.

Further examples of de Long deleting comments.

Although this thread might seem very snarky to some, I agree with Daniel Klein when he wrote:

"Gossip serves an important function in generating reputation; it exerts accountability. It creates incentives for individuals to improve their conduct. Sally Merry, for example, is one anthropologist who has elaborated this function of gossip.

This thread is somewhat like a credit report on the practices of a prominent intellectual. It has been very instructive."

If it isn't actually Brad doing the deleting, he surely knows about it. I have had several constructive comments deleted from his blog and emailed him asking for a reason why he deleted them. He never responded.

Dear Mr. Delong. (if you happen to read this)

One of the top 10 rules of doing good business:

Never defend a position, always defend the truth.

After debate, if you still find your position correct, you've developed a stronger argument in the process and earned respect from your peers.

If you find you position to be incorrect, you've improved your knowledge and will earn even more respect from your peers.

This is why I don't go to Delong's site. Editing his wiki entry seems like a good idea, provided it's detailed enough in general that such a mention wouldn't be excessively specific.

DeLong once deleted comments the scientist Gregory Cochran made in response to a post about human evolution.

Kovacs: Nice students' comments. If my students this year write the same about me I will consider changing my job. :-D

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