Blog comments or peer review best to judge book?
January 22nd, 2008

In an idea “to tap the wisdom of his crowd,” Noah Wardrip-Fruin, an assistant professor of communication at the University of California at San Diego, has organized a head-to-head peer review vs. blog comment comparison of reviews for a book he has written. A story in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes the project:

What if scholarly books were peer reviewed by anonymous blog comments rather than by traditional, selected peer reviewers?

That’s the question being posed by an unusual experiment that begins today. It involves a scholar studying video games, a popular academic blog with the playful name Grand Text Auto, a nonprofit group designing blog tools for scholars, and MIT Press.

The idea took shape when Noah Wardrip-Fruin, an assistant professor of communication at the University of California at San Diego, was talking with his editor at the press about peer reviewers for the book he was finishing, The book, with the not-so-playful title Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies, examines the importance of using both software design and traditional media-studies methods in the study of video games. . . .


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