Opportunity cost

As if we needed another reminder that the joys of blogging do not come unalloyed: Academic Daniel Drezner, who writes a thoughtful blog (which I consulted often last year, to help make sense of US election politics), has apparently been denied tenure because he blogs.

Rather wittily, the Sun article leads off by reminding Drezner’s readers that he had not taken his own advice.

"I shouldn’t be doing this. I’ll be going up for tenure soon."

It was with those words of self admonishment that an assistant professor of political science at the University of Chicago, Daniel Drezner, inaugurated his Web log in September 2002.

As thousands of his online readers know, Mr. Drezner didn’t heed his own advice. Instead, he rose to blogosphere prominence. His site is perhaps the most widely read blog focusing on the international political economy, turning scholarly research on issues like outsourcing, the politics of trade, and monetary policy into bite-size pieces of analysis for a wider audience.

On Friday, Mr. Drezner’s first blog entry came back to haunt him: He was informed by his department that he was denied tenure and would have to look elsewhere for a job.

Ouch. Drezner, for his part, has waxed elegantly philosophical; no matter what happens, he writes, we must keep our sense of proportion.


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