1. When people like that in high-profile positions in the community or in a forum demonstrate they have absolutely no idea you HAVE to shoot them down. Publicly. Can’t have people running around spreading lies and having others believe them and trust them and perpetuate the darkness of misinformation. Shut it down!

  2. I would definitely present her with the facts. You get let apparent ‘experts’ run around telling people falsehoods.

    While she is wrong about women not blogging, the fact is that most probloggers are men. I wonder why that is? Any thoughts? Is it because men are more likely to blog about technology which is where the money tends to be whereas women tend to blog about their lives?

  3. Women are social by nature no? Perhaps we prefer to use the medium for social first and business second? Not sure…

  4. Time to invoke the ‘nuclear option’ & name the academic in question I reckon!

  5. *coughs* at RMIT *coughs again*
    Actually, while I did try to correct her -she wasn’t having a bar of it – I can’t really name and shame unless there was some kinda proper dialogue right? I mean that would be mean, to criticise someone on bloggy when I didn’t really stand up at the right time?

  6. This is fascinating stuff.

    And I would totally give up chocolate for blogging.

  7. As embarrassing as it could be for the person you’re correcting, and potentially nerve-wracking for you, I think you owe it to your own reputation, the audience and the misinformed expert, to correct them.

    People fronting panels or speaking at conferences should be fundamentally well-informed and should have checked their facts.

  8. aye, and I did correct her politely. But she started to get upset. In the spirit of leading a horse to water but they drink what they want: she would’ve continued to believe whatever… harangueing just upsets the panelist, puts the audience offside and makes sure you don’t get invited again by the conference organisers. πŸ˜›

  9. I think you’re right, Laurel, about the difficulty of correcting her in a public forum if she is not open to the conversation. But, honestly, now that the panel is over, I would send her an email. A nice one. Saying something along the lines of, “I found your conclusions about women and online social networks surprising, since I’ve seen data that suggest the opposite — and I thought you might be interested in what I’ve seen. I’d also love to see the data that led to your conclusions, as I am interested in the possibility that perhaps different groups of people were studied in these two cases. Do you have any thoughts on these disparities?” If she’s still nasty, resistant, or ungracious after a gracious approach like this, then she’s not worth engaging. If she’s an academic worth her salt, she will consider your information and change her tune at her next public panel. And you will have gained admirable cred.

    My two cents… partly as an academic and partly as a woman blogger πŸ™‚

    Found you through Good Mom/Bad Mom, and loved this thought-provoking piece.

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