In my last post I described Jennifer Jennings as the blogger formerly known as Eduwonkette. I had thought we only had to call her Eduwonkette when we didn’t know who she was. But I guess she continues to go by her rapper name, Eduwonkette. And Aaron Pallas, an otherwise respectable scholar, continues to call himself Skoolboy — with a k! And I guess they are both cribbing (in the non-rapper meaning) from Eduwonk, who we’ve always known to be Andy Rotherham.
I find the use of rapper names by bloggers to be downright silly. It’s especially silly when accompanied by self-aggrandizing cartoons and graphics. Here at Jay P. Greene’s Blog we’ve gone for a minimalist approach, both out of laziness and an aesthetic vision that tried to put the focus on content.
But if a bunch of other folks are going to continue to call themselves rapper names and have cartoon graphics to represent themselves, maybe I should do the same. Perhaps I should go by my rapper name — DJ Super-Awesome. And maybe we should use Thundarr the Barbarian graphics to represent ourselves. I call the image of Ookla and I’ll let Greg and Matt fight over who gets to be Ariel.