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Taxonomy

At Ian Best’s new taxonomy of legal blogs, madisonian.net is classed as “General Blogs – Law and Culture, Economics, Politics, etc.” and in the “List of Legal Blogs,” but not in “Law Professor Blogs,” or “Technology and the Law,” or “Intellectual Property Law,” or “Internet Law.” This isn’t a complaint, quite, but it is a curious thing to see how others see you, particularly when the reflection doesn’t match the self-conception. Not that I’m the first to notice this problem, which inheres in classification and taxonomic contexts everywhere, and not that anything particularly pernicious flows from it in this case. Taxonomies are constructs, and they are rarely if ever “right” or “wrong.” But it is curious, nonetheless.