Blogal Governance and Ideology

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. Ann Althouse says:

    But Dave, my post, the one he didn’t link to, was asking him to engage with me, to see me as an ally. By answering me in the unlinking way, he was implicitly saying “I don’t want to engage with you. I want to live in my insular world.” I agree about not linking to enemies. People attack me all the time and I can see that I shouldn’t reward them with a link. And if that’s what Sullivan thinks of me… well, that’s very interesting information. I wanted to call attention to that.

    I could have written this as a post on my blog, but I then I’d have had to link to you, and by your standard I’d be a chump.

  2. Dave Hoffman says:


    I think you are sort of missing the point of my post, which was to suggest that the norm of linking is related to the nonprofit, commons, ideology of the blogosphere. Sullivan is a self-employed businessperson – he doesn’t hate you, I’d imagine, but neither is it in his interest to link to you. I’m not sure how that decision gets turned into an “enemies” problem.

    I’d be happy if you linked to us – as I did to you – but, as I suggested, CO is a pretty uncommercial place at the moment.

  3. Ann Althouse says:

    Dave: “Ann Althouse complains mightly here of the unfairness of not being linked to by Andrew Sullivan, but this kind of thinking is so 2005.” That had enough of the flavor of insult to rub me the wrong way, especially in the context I was in, which involved lots of people mischaracterizing the nature of my dispute with Sullivan. You seemed to have picked up the meme, which I wanted to correct. I wasn’t trying to address the more general point of your post. In fact, I now realize that I didn’t ever read it. I’m interested in the topic of the noncompete agreements. I tend to think that selfish behavior in blogging — I hate the word “blawg” — will backfire. I stress the ethics of blogging in part because I want to thwart the people who are violating the traditional norms.