Criticism of social media in PSE sparks debate about who counts as a “serious academic”

August 9, 2016

Academics from around the world have criticized a recent piece published in The Guardian newspaper denigrating the use of social media as a vehicle for spreading and conducting academic research. “I’m a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer,” writes the article’s anonymous author, who adds that, “I do not—and should not—have to parade myself online to please my employer or to stake my claim as a good researcher.” The article has since provoked a significant debate over social media, with critics arguing that the notion of a “serious academic” being proposed by the author is “harmful” and “outdated.” Chronicle of Higher Education