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Ann Althouse Reads With an 'Eye for the Bloggable'

Ann Althouse
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Ann Althouse
Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison

When Ann Althouse decided in January 2004 to start blogging for the sheer pleasure of expressing her opinion, it was as if she was born for reader-driven communication.

While many others in the legal profession have entered the blogosphere afraid to bring too much of themselves into the open, Althouse opened the book on herself.

Her blog is as quirky and provocative as it is substantive. One day she’ll be posting pix of dead birds or a poll about the next deserving inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On another, she’ll be blogging live from a 7th Circuit conference.

Her posts on the 2008 election are right-leaning, at a minimum, and she’s faced plenty of heat for those opinions on and off her blog. But to Althouse this is only more invigorating.

“Even when people get mad at me, call me a fool and slander me, I love being one of the characters on the Internet stage,” she says.

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