Sunday, June 18, 2006

Where Are All the French Blawgers? - Part Deux!

This is a follow-up to the June 9, 2006 Library Boy post Where Are All The French Blawgers?

The post discussed a recent article in the Canadian Bar Association magazine The National that attempted to explain why there are so few French-language law-related blogs in Canada.

The article discussed the issue of lack of time, but also referred to the opinion of one law professor at the Université de Montréal who thought Quebec-based jurists were reticent to comment on legal issues for cultural and historical reasons.

I provided an explanation relating to the peculiar sociology and structure of the Quebec media industry.

Another Université de Montréal professor, Vincent Gautrais, has now stepped up to the plate with a a different explanation - a mathematical explanation: Quebec blawgs do not interest people in France because they are culturally too different; Quebec blawgs do not interest jurists in the Rest of Canada because they're in French; Quebec blawgs won't interest other Quebecers because they are about law after all, and Quebec blawgs won't even interest most Quebec lawyers because blawgs are becoming increasingly narrow or specialized in focus.

"All of this means that, in the final analysis, there are only 12 people left who are likely to read you".

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 3:19 pm


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