Dude, you’re old. If we’re doing this because this is what the kids are doing, I think we’d better update our pop-culture references. But I guess we’re historians, so our Ipods are allowed to be covered in chalk dust. So here’s another question: what about anonymity? If we’re using our real names, does that mean we can’t use foul language? And what about fowl language, like calling an author whose book we’ve just read a chicken? Or something worse even? Seriously, what are our ground rules? Will we always be nice? Or will we be ourselves?
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is an associate professor of history at UC Davis. He is the author of A River and Its City: The Nature of Landscape in New Orleans, which won the Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize in 2004, and his new book, A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek, will be published by Harvard University Press in fall 2012.Read Ari's posts
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is a professor of history at UC Davis. She is the author of Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11 (Oxford, 2009); Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley (North Carolina, 2002); and Challenging the Secret Government: The Post-Watergate Investigations of the CIA and FBI (North Carolina, 1996).Read Kathy's posts
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