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Friday, August 13, 2010
Random bullets of academic denial
I mentioned that I'd written down my top ten internet fun sites and, from that list, am now allowing myself only one per day. Apparently, blogs (which count as one in my system) are it. So long for now, Facebook, Twitter, and NYTimes.
Female Science Professor and Historiann are reporting more attacks on tenure. If I were wearing my tinfoil hat, I'd wonder who's stirring up the let's-you-and-him-fight attacks on workers in all professions, not just the professoriate. Here's what I get from reading the news: professors and teachers should work for free, and they shouldn't worry if they're fired for cheaper workers after a couple of years. Doctors should work for free (Medicare cuts). Nurses should work for free. Union people should shut up and be happy they have a job but should make concessions to help Our Country in Its Time of Crisis by making upper management's stock options worth more. People in factories, managers, and salespeople, ditto. The only people who apparently deserve to make any amount of money are those who make huge, obscene amounts of it, like football coaches, professional athletes, and the CEOs of giant financial corporations. Them we should pay, because they are vital to our country's interests. Hmmm.
Like Horace, I'm studiously ignoring any signs that the semester is coming up fast.