#Newlib, CT, & Bias

R. David Lankes New Librarianship MOOC, Conversation Theory, and Bias.


  1. Gee is partially correct about my assumptions here. I think that Conversation Theory, as deployed here, is a form of Critical Theory, one that is post-Marxist in that it seeks to explain why Marx was wrong, yet continuing to assert that economics drives politics, as well as the role of dialectical materialism. 
  2. That is, if Conversation Theory is scientific, it can be falsified rather easily. See this, from Lane, for example. We can use Karl Popper's standards here, or wait for someone to defend the Lakatosian "hard core" of Conversation Theory. Gee is right that if it is critical, it cannot be falsified, by definition. 
  3. Correct.