The History, Art and Architecture of the Mughal Empire

2nd Ass-ignment, Part Three

I’ve found blogs can serve as useful aggregates of references to relevant information published elsewhere, at times accompanied by commentary. It is easy to see how this could be of use among historians interested in unknown propositions akin or opposed to their own. But for a blog to be of any value, its editor should produce a selection of content that is intelligent and reliable. This is easier said than done; and it is not surprising that, statistically speaking, nearly every blog out there remains virtually unread. Fortunately, a few do overcome the odds, and are a source of joy to some. It is perhaps unfortunate that of the most interesting historians alive today, only very few, indeed none in my field of interest, have taken it upon themselves to provide the rest of us the benefit of sharing in their daily stream of ideas, and engage those outside their immediate intellectual circle in discussion. The great historians of our age — “shamed,” as Eric Hobsbawm would say “into the computer-era” — for better or worse are not bloggers. It is easily said that the incentive is simply not with those already connected by conventional channels of communication to all the interlocutors they could possibly wish for. Whereas that may not apply to the news media, where blogs have come to feed a demand-driven news-cycle, it certainly does to the slower clocks of academia, where ‘ideas’, for the moment at least, have not devolved into a popularity contest — or so we tell ourselves.

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