Over at his Archaeology Blog, Doug has posted the fantastic response to Why Blog Archaeology? He has also posed the latest question for the Blogging Archaeology at the 2014 SAA Conference Blog Carnival - What is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Blogging Archaeology?
As for the Ugly - it is rather lost without the Beautiful, rendering the question a little unbalanced, as one of the ancients put it;
Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other. Therefore . . . .
It also admirably sums up the nature of the conflict between objectivity and subjectivity, a fight I am still engaged in two and half millennia later, and the primary reason I blog archaeology.
What is neither good, nor even bad, but most certainly ugly, are my cartoons and satirical assaults on the faith based narrative that I experienced at Newcastle University.
I have taken the trouble over 20 years to acquaint myself with a wide range of subjects to help me better understand the archaeological data I was responsible for. While I would not question peoples’ ability to read like an archaeologist, I believe the real trick is to learn to think like an archaeologist, and TSA is an approach to certain types archaeological data, - it does not work on text.