This is the last month in the Blogging archaeology carnival initiated by Doug’s Archaeology blog (see the February replies here). This time, the question is: “…where are you/we going with blogging or would you like it to go?”
I think that this question could come in no better time than now, given the challenges faced by the archaeological discipline and the heritage sites: big economic projects, looting and treasure hunters, the pressures coming from a capitalistic society focused on turning everything (including culture and science) in a commodity etc.
Why do I think the question is related to these issues? As blogging can turn in a powerful tool. And, by and large, this is my reply to Doug’s question: I think (and hope) that blogging (osteo)archaeology will become a relevant interface/means of communication between the academics and the public, a great source of making our research known and understood (a.k.a. relevant for the wider society), and also an important means of making our voices heard. It is a great way of fulfilling one of the main roles of Archaeology, that of critically reflecting (and acting in consequence) on the challenges faced by the contemporary societies.
A fresh example in this line is the (unfortunate) case of the “Nazi War Diggers” National Geographic’s announced show, which (rightly) stirred a lot of reactions from the specialists (you can read here a compilation of the relevant positions and news on the topic). Where were these reactions expressed? In the virtual world, through blogs and sites. Thus, the informed voices were heard in real time, picked up by the media and determined some reaction from National Geographic (even though it was a minor one; [update 01/04] it seems they pulled the show, so this is quite a major accomplishment).
Therefore, my goal would be to keep on blogging, sharing my thoughts on things that matter for our discipline (bodies and academia), and maybe even “inspiring” other colleagues from my country to start their own blogs (as even though there are some interesting pieces of research out there, in my country, blogging and sharing ones research on the internet is still quite uncommon).
PS: a friend once asked me if I never get tired of supporting various causes. Of course I do, who won’t? to have to go in the streets and protest against the destruction of heritage/ environment , to advocate for a reflexive and public archaeology versus “universal objective” truths, to raise some questions regarding what is happening with the human body in the contemp. world etc.. Blogging is a great medium for getting across all of these issues and the only answer to the above question is: