As Erik points out, Stanford University’s new directory of private and professional blogs written by students, professors and other members of staff is an implicit recognition of the blog medium in the elite academic community. Unfortunately the mediocre quality of many Stanford blogs, including The Stem Cell Blog, diminishes the impact of the endorsement. Why don’t they benchmark ‘their’ blogs instead of listing everything bloggish on campus? (I mean, if I want a list of Stanford blogs I can just search Technorati or Google Blog Search.)

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