Censorship, discrimination by Law Blog Metrics bloggers
(1) -- censored a comment I submitted about a law blog journal article that was announced on their blog. I sent a copy of the comment to the author of the article and she requested sua sponte that I post the comment on her blog. How can that request be explained if my comment was so offensive, off-topic, or whatever? I posted an expanded version of the comment on her blog. This expanded version is essentially the same as an article on this blog.
(2) -- refused to post an announcement of this blog. The Law Blog Metrics blog routinely posts announcements of new blogs that deal with law subjects. I pointed out the following: (a) this blog has close to 150 articles that are specifically about law subjects, and many of the other articles have legal implications; (b) my articles are indexed by subject in the sidebar so that articles on specific law subjects can quickly be found; (c) many of the articles are based on extensive research and have lots of references; and (d) I have an area of legal focus -- legal issues related to evolution education (though I have lots of articles on other legal subjects as well). I pointed out that my blog is well established and available for their inspection if they are so inclined. I asked that the Law Blog Metrics blog visitors be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not my blog is of interest to them instead of the bloggers making that decision for them.
I know that the Law Blog Metrics blog is active because I see new posts being added to it all the time. I received no response at all from these pajama-clad bloggers, so of course no reasons were given for the above actions. I assert that this behavior is discriminatory, unethical, malicious, anti-intellectual, unscholarly, extremely petty, uncalled-for, and unprofessional. Since my Blogger.com profile indicates that I am not a legal professional, the behavior of these pajama-clad bloggers is reflective of the legal profession's rampant snobbery and jealousy directed against laypeople.
If any blogs can be considered to be truly private or personal (and I disagree that any public blog can), the Law Blog Metrics blog is certainly not one of them. This blog and the Law Professors Blog Network are based at the University of Cincinnati, a public tax-supported university. Many of the other blogs on this network are based at public tax-supported universities.
There is absolutely no reason why these things could not happen to you, and if you don't speak up in protest, you increase the likelihood that they will happen to you! Protests may be sent to the following email addresses. If you send nothing else, you could just send a link to this article to show that you have seen it. I would appreciate it if you would demand that the Law Blog Metrics bloggers post an apology for the way I am being treated.
Enough is enough.
Pajama-clad Law Blog Metrics bloggers:
Other bloggers on the Law Professor Blogs Network:
Other law bloggers:
University of Cincinnati Law School staff:
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Federal government blogging managers:
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