December 05, 2004

The Becker-Posner Blog

The introductory post of the new blog by Gary Becker and Richard Posner appeared today. I admire both of these men greatly, but having them describe blogging in Hayekian terms was almost unbearable. It was simultaneously obvious ("The internet enables the instantaneous pooling (and hence correction, refinement, and amplification) of the ideas and opinions, facts and images, reportage and scholarship, generated by bloggers.") and condescending ("Blogging is a major new social, political, and economic phenomenon" ... like we didn't know that?).

They are planning to "explore current issues of economics, law, and policy in a dialogic format." In other words, they have enabled the "Comments" feature, and they intend to use it.

Their initial plan calls for posts only on Monday. Ann asks, "Is it a blog if you only post once a week?" Of course it is. And given the obvious interest in this blog -- already evidenced by the high number of TrackBacks and comments generated by their introductory message -- one post could sustain discussion for a full week.

By the way, nice name. Simple and straightforward are in. Christine and I thought about "Smith & Hurt," but it sounded like a bad play those famous guns.

Posted by Gordon at December 5, 2004 09:06 PM | TrackBack