Nicholas Kristof's recent article in the New York Times raised the question of why academics seem to have abandoned their roles as public intellectuals. But there are numerous examples of scholars using blogs and other online forums to disseminate knowledge. What does this mean for the future of academic publishing? This roundtable will address a number of questions that deal with the value and possibilities of blogging and online forums as sites for scholarly output. Do they count? Why or why not? How do we assign value to these forms?