In the New York Times Nicholas Kristof wrote: Professors, we need you! saying amongst other things:
Professors today have a growing number of tools available to educate the public, from online courses to blogs to social media. Yet academics have been slow to cast pearls through Twitter and Facebook.
There were quite a few responses including:
The column Nicholas Kristof should have written: "Why are economists the only professors we listen to about social and political issues?"Chris Blattman posted an interview with him on how social media is shaping academia.
— Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) February 16, 2014
The New Yorker had a good article on Eric Jarosinski, the Prof behind @NeinQuarterly and how he "developed a crisp, allusive, irreverent Twitter voice: “Signifying nothing is harder than it looks.”"
Finally, John Cochrane, The Grumpy Economist, had an excellent blog on Mooconomics. He has some really good thoughts about massive open online learning. Read the whole thing.