To All of the New Users at the Mad Sociologist Blog

A Welcome from Mike Andoscia


I am honored and, somewhat embarrassed, that there are so many new users at the Mad Sociologist Blog. I’m honored that so many people are turning to my humble blog and registering. I hope all of you find this a stimulating and satisfying look at the issues of the day. Thank you so much for registering.

I’m embarrassed, however, that I have been negligent with updating the content of late. There are a few reasons for this. First, the Journal of a Mad Sociologist and the Mad Sociologist Blog are not sources of income. They are outlets through which I express my particular blend of liberal humanist philosophy, and pedagogy informed by the sociological imagination and academic rigor. That’s great, but it requires that I keep a day job…and a night job. So there are times when the blog takes a back seat to paying the mortgage.

Secondly, it is not my intention that the Mad Sociologist Blog serve as an echo chamber for the established punditocracy. I hope to add new perspectives to current issues when I can. When I can’t, I prefer to allow the professional pundits to do their thing. There have been times when I’ve been working on a post only to find that another commentator, with a significantly large audience, has already covered the territory that I intended to speak on. When that happens I usually just link their contribution to the debate and consign my work to the trash been. I see no reason to press a point that someone else has already made.

That being said, it has been quite some time since I have opened the blog to outside contributors. If you are a fan of the blog, are a capable writer and share the philosophy of the Journal of a Mad Sociologist, preferably with a background in sociology or the social sciences, please feel free to submit a post to Also, for those who may have a different or even contrary philosophy to that espoused by the Mad Sociologist, feel free to submit. The goal is to have a serious debate about the issues, not to stifle speech. Regardless, submissions are expected to support their positions. Ad hominem attacks and other banal commentary will be ignored. Also, I know there are those whose job it is to scan the web for content that your bosses don’t like and attack that content. Don’t waste your time here. I want to open this up to real debate and discussion.

Also, the Journal of a Mad Sociologist does have a Facebook page. Click the image below. Again, thank you for making the Journal of a Mad Sociologist and the Mad Sociologist one of your trusted sources.

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