It seems, several years into the blog phenomenon, few have pondered much about the medium itself.
In the previous post's comments, it would seem commenters would have Long Sunday as some sort of peer-reviewed journal, demanding, then, the sort of analyses expected by them. Presumably, every post should be around 7000 words.
Of course no one will suggest this, so criticism comes in on entries heavily theoretical, but given the very format, necessarily without the ability to 'back them up'. I don't pretend to show you the links between Baudrillard and Lacan in a post, and even less in the COMMENTS TO A POST, which is where my analysis can be found. But that's not the point. Is there not something interesting, even liberating, about a bunch of ideas thrown in together? (Why else read Baudrillard, McLuhan, etc...?)
Instead, I seek to probe, to open up an avenue of thought you have the choice of entering, or not, just as I might or might not when passing by the posts of other people. I certainly avoid posts and bloggers generally that don't probe at all, rather remaining safe under the cover of already established viewpoints.
If we are to naively think this some sort of peer-reviewed journal, the language used in talking about other people's posts isn't one I recognize from any peer review process. It is completely unhelpful, and only renders this blog (potentially) irrelevant. A bunch of academics whining about jargon - who cares? Either go with the probe or don't.
Blog entries, like all good probes, should have a sense of humour. They shouldn't take themselves too seriously, precisely because the readers aren't going to take them too seriously, that is, won't really read them. Blog posts shouldn't be taken as some sort of definitive viewpoint, much less the comments to a post (which, again, is where my analysis can be found).
Total seriousness is important, of course, but for peer-reviewed journals! And, again, this is not it!
(If anyone cares, and I doubt they do, my work, much of which has gone through the peer review process, locates itself at the very Real - yes, I did capitalize it, perhaps it is the German in me - intersection of Zizek and Baudrillard.)