There are hundreds of Best Blogs lists out there…

… but UD has rarely seen one as thoughtful, well-written, and persuasive as this one.

UD welcomes readers from…

… the Runango Running Forum. Take a look around.

University Diaries welcomes readers…

… from the Something Awful forums. Feel free to look around.

UD adds her voice…

… to the controversy over the cover of Steve Reich’s 9/11 cd.

At Inside Higher Education.

I’ve just sent off a longish post to Inside Higher Ed…

… about Theodore Roszak, author of The Making of a Counter Culture. He died this week.

I’ll let you know when the post is up.


Here it is.

“Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Sanity.”

That’s the title of a new Inside Higher Education post at UD‘s second campus.

A Victory for Bloggers – and for Free Speech

The Righthaven company, typically referred to as a copyright troll, has over the last year or so come at many bloggers with copyright violation lawsuits.

Now a judge has ruled that Righthaven never had legal standing to sue, and will probably be sanctioned for dishonesty.


UPDATE: The Electronic Frontier Foundation comments:

“This kind of copyright trolling from Righthaven and Stephens Media has undermined free and open discussion on the Internet, scaring people out of sharing information and discussing the news of the day,” said [an EFF attorney]. “We hope this is the beginning of the end of this shameful litigation campaign.”

“To Righthaven and Stephens Media, the Court has issued a stinging rebuke,” added [another]. “For those desiring to resist the bullying of claims brought by pseudo-claimants of copyright interests, the ruling today represents a dramatic and far reaching victory.”


Steve Green, the Las Vegas reporter who has owned the Righthaven story, concludes:

[F]ederal judges don’t appreciate their courtrooms being used as ATM machines by Righthaven.


UPDATE: Eric Johnson, a specialist in copyright law, draws some moral conclusions:

Righthaven lawyers constructed a sham transaction, and then made multiple misrepresentations to courts and third parties in order to hide the sham nature of the transaction. This was done in a bid to get a number of unsophisticated, unrepresented defendants to fork over substantial settlement payments, largely out of fear or because of their financial inability to mount a defense.

The potential to pervert our civil justice system in this way is one of the most important reasons attorneys are required to demonstrate a high moral character as a prerequisite to receiving a license to practice law. Righthaven’s behavior, in my opinion, is incompatible with that standard.

He anticipates the disbarment of Righthaven attorneys.


If you want to read some of the best prose UD has ever seen, read this. When the history of Righthaven is written, paragraphs and paragraphs from this letter will be front and center.

UD’s Latest Inside Higher Education Column – “Dominique Strauss-Kahn: The Novel” …

… is now up at Inside Higher Ed.

UD has a new post up at Inside Higher Education…

… and it’s got a pretentious French title: Tapis Roulant Hédonique


Update: “Don’t you know who I am?”

If it’s true that DSK repeated this, it would be totally according to Jonah Lehrer’s script.

Back home from Rhode Island…

… and I’ll have a chance to blog a bit later this evening, I think, after I rest up.

UD has a new post up at Inside Higher Education.

It’s about Ubu the King and Bernard Madoff and Moammar Gaddafi.

“Tea With Mussolini” …

… is the title of my just-published post at Inside Higher Education. It’s about intellectuals and the Gaddafis.

My little memory of Christopher Lasch…

… is now up at Inside Higher Ed.


I’ve spent a lot of time today…

… reading a biography of Christopher Lasch, and writing a piece about it – and him – for Inside Higher Education.

I’ll link you to the piece when I’ve finished it, later this evening.

“[A]cademia can be accused of speaking only to the converted…

… of working within carefully defined circles of the like-minded, and of avoiding the controversies of public debate. The blogs may be a way for changing that, and it could be that academic bloggers are on the leading edge of creating not just an ‘invisible college,’ but a broadening of education as a whole, taking it beyond boundaries of departments and universities to all who might wish to join in on any particular topic or question. Certainly, a blog like Margaret Soltan’s University Diaries does attempt to take on the assumptions of academia…”

Blogging America: The New Public Sphere, by Aaron Barlow

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