Over at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Aimee Parkinson writes about the academic “disease” of footnotitis or, “the chronic misuse of footnotes.” While I agree with the premise that footnotes are not the place to insert bits of research you don’t otherwise wish to acknowledge or respond to, I feel the need to stick up for footnotes that are big, fat and deliciously juicy. I love seeing expanded footnote/endnotes in a book or article, but I fear they are falling out of fashion. I’m always a little disappointed when I flip to the notes and see just the standard citation information. I want to be referred to other research, to read interesting tidbits or to see points expanded upon in the notes. I think of this as “value added” info for people who are interested enough or diligent enough to read the notes, sort of like a little intellectual reward.

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