Setting the context...
Earlier in August, 2016, a discussion triggered on social media from an article from The Guardian, "I'm a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer" and a series of responses such as "I’ve Got a Serious Problem with 'Serious Academics'" and "I’m a non-serious academic. I make no apologies for this".
The conversation continues with articles on the roles of social media in science and the ongoing debate about serious academics. Our maiden chat tackled these issues while also reminding us of previous debates in social media about what academics should be and look like (#ILookLikeAProfessor).
in this episode...
In the maiden episode of our chat, where we also coined the #3OA moniker, Peggy, Ian, and Raúl, from here on also known as the "three obnoxious academics" or #3OA engage in a conversation about what it means to be a #seriousacademic in today's academic landscape.
The #3OA share a very candid, unfiltered conversation to remind us that we may need to rethink the standards of "seriousness" in academia, in light of social media, digital identity, and the construction of global academic audiences.
what (and who) is the #OAC?
The OAC (Obnoxious Academics Consortium) is the brainchild of literacy scholars Drs. Peggy Semingson (UT-Arlington), W. Ian O'Byrne (College of Charleston), and Raúl A. Mora (UPB-Medellín). Initially chartered as #3OA, it has grown as we have found that we are not the only Obnoxious Academics and there are more who have joined us. At present, Drs. Leigh Hall (UNC-Chapel Hill) William Kist (Kent State University), and Shelbie Witte (Oklahoma State University) have joined the consortium, and we may expect more numbers coming soon!