I Think I Described An FOI Request As Leaving “Powder Burns”….

A new piece on the FOI-academic freedom debate from Miller-McClune….

The more I read my own quotes on this issue, the more I recognize what years in academia has done to my brain, for good, and for ill. I tend to overanalyze issues like these when interesting academic questions exists, even if I think they are no more than than — interesting academic questions, the stuff of cocktail parties, tweed coats and good theoretical conversations.

At the end of the day, these are FOI requests, like every other. I support FOI and FOI requesters. Why can’t I just say that?

Because, at the end of the day, such naked partisanship makes me uncomfortable. Yeah. That’s what it is, and it’s my problem, I know. But that’s what it is.

I see FOI in general as this constantly endangered creature, one that any number of interest groups, regulated industries, non-profit associations, to say nothing of public officials from governors to dog catchers would throw dirt on tomorrow with glee, if only they could. And what prevents that?

The bipartisan view that FOI is a good thing, a value worth preserving. Nurturing and maintaining that value when political parties are lobbing these sorts of requests at each other is tougher than ever.

But that’s all academic meandering. See what I mean?

Charles

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