After a hiatus of a few months we are returning to our Oral History of the Blogosphere series. On the latest episode Dan and I interview Brad DeLong, who has been around the blogosphere since before the blogosphere was born and after the blogosphere died. We work through most of the standard questions (when did you start, why did you start, what platforms did you use) which are all the more interesting because of Brad’s early adopter status and his position within the economics profession. We talk a bit about positioning in Left Blogistan, about the criticality of the Iraq War in creating the blogsophere that we knew, and about the role of blogs in the broader academic world. We end with a short discussion of Brad’s new book project “Slouching Towards Utopia” which is available for pre-order here.
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