"people who aren't competing with each other for funds, status,
recognition, or employment"; "wouldn't be limited to the traditional
options of journal article and monograph"; "mixture of academics and
nonacademics"; "enough room for idiosyncrasy".
Janet comments on local intellectual communities:
there are lots of
interesting and gifted people around, we just don't know the right ones
- locally. As blogging and other tools that (a) expose the brilliance
and interests of those around us and (b) give us ways to engage with
each other get better, I think we'll find andcultivate IICs in our communities.
Can't wait for that to happen. It's already started in places like San
Francisco. Use the GeoURL,
Luke. (Special plea to Blogger, Typepad, LiveJournal,
et al.: take a cue
from deviantART - make geotagging ridiculously easy and users
will love you for it.)