An Inside Higher Ed interview with the author of “The Academic’s Guide to Social Media” -Cyberculture roundup…

 Carrigan Q&A

Author discusses book on how and why academics should use social media for scholarly purposes.

July 22, 2016

Writing about social media is “dangerous,” according to Mark Carrigan, a sociologist and academic technologist at the University of Warwick, in Britain. In the time to take to finish a book on the topic, platforms launch and die, and fads come and go.

But he has written a book about it anyway. His Social Media for Academics (SAGE Publications) is not meant to be the final word on the topic, but a guidebook to how academics can use social media to publicize their work, build their networks and manage information — and how to find the time.

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