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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Some Reflections

Writing a paper on an obscure topic and then seeing that paper go viral (at least for an academic paper) is surreal, to say the least. One happy feature of this experience is that I know that I did not say anything in the paper with the events of last week in mind, because I wrote the entire draft before those events occurred. Bias along those lines is therefore impossible. Not so for the edits that I make between now and whenever the paper is published. This creates something of a dilemma about how (and how much) I should edit the paper, but I'll think about that later.

I am grateful for all of the thoughtful emails, questions, criticisms, and follow-up posts that I've received or seen about the paper. It's the academic and legal community at its best. Let me add that this all supports the idea that everyone should pursue the research that they want to do and that there is tremendous value in that. Not just for its own sake, but because you never know when what you are studying may become important for a contemporary issue.  

Posted by Gerard Magliocca on January 12, 2021 at 03:46 PM | Permalink


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