May. 19th, 2009

yourlibrarian: Buffy on the phone (BUF-WorkingGirl: eyesthatslay)
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A classmate passed on a link to the Chronicle of Higher Education's brief write-up of a study done by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He ran an experiment with his latest academic book comparing the peer review provided to his book on a public blog compared to the peer review commissioned by his publisher. His results were, I thought, unsurprising (although good to have some evidence for). "Blog commenters tended to focus on discrete paragraphs and points, and rarely compared ideas in one chapter to those later in the work. But the blog readers offered more detailed input than the anonymous reviewers solicited by the press."
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