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Friday, October 19, 2007

Mankiw and comments

I was over at Mankiw's Place today (blog) and realized that he has permanently disabled his comments section for all posts. His reasoning:http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2007/10/why-comments-are-gone.html

This is really sad to me. While I certainly understand his reasons, I always found commenting and reading others' comments on his blog to be not only fun, but extremely enlightening. I've learned a lot from his blog. And, as a former active poster and reader of his blog, I found the vast majority of comments to be civil (if a little heated at times). Since the comments are a big draw for me (to get a variety of opinions on Mankiw's topics/take) I doubt that I will continue to visit his blog as often. I also doubt I will learn as much. But given that, I should say thanks to Mankiw for all the fun, while it lasted - and for a while, providing an indirect dialogue with such an intelligent economist. The opportunity is rare, and has just gotten sadly rarer.

15 comments:

Jack said...

I've not commented on this site previously. In fact I've not read this site previously though the site I read most frequently often makes reference to Mankiw and this site. What good is a site which focuses on opinion without commentary from others? Mankiw may be brilliant and he is certainly a trained economist, but those two bits of information don't necessarily alway dovetail. In any of the social sciences, especially economics, opinion is worthless unless open to comment and criticism. Of course that may be the reason to close a comments section. The easier to pontificate on issues of broad interest without having to stand up to legitimate debate.

Jack said...

Oops, pardon me Garth, but I mistakenly thought that I was still on Mankiw's site having clicked what looked like a comments link. Well I guess there's no harm done, and maybe Mankiw will take note that he really shouldn't propose to post his opinions on the net without opening them to debate.

Mike Fladlien said...

i use the comments to learn...some of the comments are better than the blog...i've learned the most from the comments than from textbooks...

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