His straightforward assessment of the interactive benefits of genuine blogging is just as applicable for politics, business, academics or many other fields as it is for a university leader. He also provides a very clear rejoinder to the mainstream media’s distorted caricature of bloggers as little more than a bunch of crazed amateurs with no expertise.
as Rudyard Kipling might have advised, if you can trust yourself when people doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too, then go ahead, because you will find that for all its potential for pitfalls and pratfalls, the blogosphere is a great place for a university leader to test ideas, to engage in discussion and debate, to stand corrected or to correct others.
Schwartz is just one example among many bloggers with far greater expertise in their field than all but a handful of journalists – which is not to have a shot at journalists, but rather to emphasise that the best of both the blogosphere and the mainstream media play important and beneficial roles (and the worst are easy targets for ridicule and contempt).
UPDATE: Via Robert Merkel, I have just discovered another example of high level expertise in the blogosphere – respected Australian climate scientist, Professor Barry Brook.