But the best quote is perhaps not related specifically to that topic, but to how his blog readers and commenters approach it:
Those who can’t be bothered to read books and articles and who insist on engaging complex matters simply in frenzied blog-comments will find me and the issues frustrating. No apologies. They’ll either have to move on in the blogosphere or give the issues the time and care that they require and deserve.
Indeed! Having scholars blogging is a good way of promoting the spread of reliable information, but ideally it is an entry point to reading the longer and more detailed discussions and analyses of which our blog posts are but a pale reflection.
Any thoughts on how to use a blog to bring scholarly discussion into the public sphere, without getting frustrated by those who seem interested to know what your views are in more detail – as long as you are willing to type them out again on the blog rather than merely direct them to an article or book you’ve already written? I’m sure Larry would value your comments and words of encouragement!