Social Scholarship using Facebook

This morning I was reading the July 4 issue of the New Yorker and came across a brief article on Jeff Nunokawa, a writer and English professor at Princeton. The article describes how Nunokawa uses Facebook’s note feature to share his contemplations on literary quotations. Nunokawa joined Facebook in 2005 and now has more than 3000 notes and 3055 followers.

In his interview about the project, Nunokawa says, ‘I like the infra-dignitatem element—Facebook is where the kids go…I like the social media element—I want it to be social. It’s not that I don’t want to be a scholar, but this is how I want to be a scholar.’

Are you or someone you know using  Facebook for “social scholarship?” If so, please share your experiences; we’d like to know more about it.

Read selections of Nunokawa’s notes in a feature from the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Read the article about the project on Chronicle’s Wired blog.

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