Ehhh, I dunno. I mean, is it ironic that pollution studies ultimately contribute slightly to pollution?
No, it's just a medium vs. message conundrum, like going on television to protest the baleful impact of television, or launching a web site to protest the internet. Incidentally I think these authors are right; the proliferation of scholarship of all sorts has become an obstacle to scholarship. Nobody can keep up with the deluge outside a tiny, narrow field, so scholarship gets more and more balkanized and scholars get narrower and narrower.
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