These past few weeks, the biblioblogdom has been abuzz with the recent changes, starting here, in which it was announced that the Society of Biblical Literature had welcomed the affiliation of Biblibloggers. Suddenly, biblibloggers becomes Bibliobloggers, and not just at the beginning of a sentence.
Then, Jim became CEO of Biblioblog Top 50. Surely, it’s an innocuous title, and we don’t blame him for it (here, here, here, and here), however, some have questioned the idea of formalizing the group – which has been seen as a rather fun initiative (and always the wisdom from this blogger). Some simply have questions (and here), especially after a steering committee of a certain narrow view point has been selected by none other than the Great and All Powerful Oz. Granted, Jimmy W. has met these questions with his usual sensitivity to others’ viewpoints. Of course, when you have people fawning all over you (and here), it’s hard to be sensitive to others, but it is obvious that the good Doctor is able to humbly operate in that situation.
Some, not settled on the oligarchical way in which Kings James I was crowned as Lord Protector, has decided a vote could possible unseat Pope West and his curia of minions.
Of course, all of this really comes down to the social identity of bibliobloggers, who, as Ben remembers a quote from Mark Goodacre (c.2005),
…bibliobloggers are largely rebels who do not conform to the norms of the “biblical studies community”. The conversations are not limited to those with tenured academic appointments; the bulk of biblioblogdom is populated by independent scholars and graduate students and one of the joys of the scene is its fundamental democratic impulse. In this respect, it imitates the better e-lists, which have the same democratic ideal in which it is the academic quality of the post that is the guide. So I’d say that far from perpetuating the framework and power structures in the “real” biblical studies community, we are counter-cultural, risky and rebellious. (Cf. among many other posts, Identity, Schmidentity @ Deinde; Death of the Biblioblog?; Stop obsessing about biblioblogging; and a great round-up on Hypotyposeis, Sans-biblioblogue).
Frankly, I’m not too sure where to go with this? Do I stay or do I rebel, refuse to conform, and focus on that fundamental democratic impulse leave and possible create my own group, the Association of Unaffiliated Biblibloggers or maybe I’ll just call in the big guns.