Internet celebrities (according to the WSJ)

by on July 16, 2009 at 8:25 am in Uncategorized | Permalink


Here's the WSJ article on economics blogs (subs.) and here is the list.  I was pleased to see this shout-out to Marginal Revolution commentators.  Keep up the good work!

One of the things that makes Marginal Revolution good is that where other economics blogs are plagued by rude comments (Greg Mankiw has shut down the comments section on his blog) commentators on Marginal Revolution are usually civil and often thought provoking.

1 Michael Foody July 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

I think the reason that posts are typically civil is that there seems to be an effort to minimize the extent to which you address politics. It just seems to hard for people (myself included) to stay thoughtful when they have so much invested rooting for a particular team.

2 Geoff NoNick July 16, 2009 at 9:33 am

Paul Krugman is an “Internet” celebrity? The man does have a Nobel Prize…

3 Andrew July 16, 2009 at 10:22 am

Who are those three guys mugging with Alex Tabarrok?

4 dm July 16, 2009 at 11:14 am

Haha, so no one remembers MR’s comments after Tyler and Alex (at least one of them I remember, but I assume both) endorsed Obama? That was a funny joke.

Brad Delong’s comments are pretty tame for how shrill his blog often is, so I’m not sure that it’s the lack of ideology keeping MR comments civil.

5 londenio July 16, 2009 at 12:18 pm

How do they measure “Originality”? Is it something like the ratio of
(original posting) / (original posting + assorted linking) ?

Or do they judge the originality of the whole concept?

6 Tom July 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Not a very good list, done from their bias. It must have killed them to have to put Krugman and DeLong. Megan McCardle, an economist? She has an English degree and an MBA.

7 dj superflat July 16, 2009 at 1:24 pm

i think it’s the nature of the posts, which can seem cryptic and need some unpacking, and thus don’t spur knee jerk political responses (the way megan can). and i do think the comments here are better than elsewhere, it’s often like a seminar in how to analyze issue X (way better than provided by my high-priced, high-prestige education, i’m sometimes amazed that it’s free, but so few people (relative to population with access to internet) follow/play along).

8 Doc Merlin July 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

@ Don:

MR seems less popular than it was around christmas time, if just judging from my memory of the number of comments. On the other hand, I really like this blog in large part because of the comments. The posts are interesting and stimulate discussion, but the real gold is in the comments.

9 Andrew July 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Answer. What is: Sarah Palin…discuss.

10 SN July 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Bloggers banning comments seem to not want to be challenged. Your blog posts are very good but the discussion in the comments make it a complete balanced read.

11 londenio July 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm

The audience of a blog is an asset that affects the overall value of the blog. I use the term “asset” very loosely here. The “loyal readers” grow over time driven by investment in the quality of the blog and by keeping the community alive. Once you have smart loyal followers, you have something that others cannot quickly imitate. Alex and Tyler created a nice audience that seems to get along. MR is more like a moderated club than a blog.

12 Steve Sailer July 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm

The comments are especially good on the rare occasions when Tyler and Alex raise the topic of immigration.

13 Steve Sailer July 16, 2009 at 5:37 pm

The comments are especially good on the rare occasions when Tyler and Alex raise the topic of immigration.

14 Ricardo July 16, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Delong’s comments section used to be terrible. I believe Delong now requires a valid email address to post — the lack of anonymity cuts down the number of comments but also improves the quality.

15 Liz July 17, 2009 at 12:39 am

Huh, I always liked hearing what Cowen is reading. I have a tendency to wedge myself into a certain corner of the bookstore and rarely leave it. I rarely run out and purchase what he’s reading, but if something piques my curiosity I definitely write it down.

16 business plan writers July 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

Yes, I agree. Keep up the good work!

17 Barkley Rosser July 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Obviously the people writing this article are a bunch of @$#%^&*!’s!

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