Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Truly Peculiar Practise...

Academe is really fascinating these days. You have your celebrities at the top, academia's version of Tom Cruise or Jack Welch or The Donald Trump. Some of the bright stars in this heavenly firmament, those captains of the knowledge industry, inhabit those high status endowed chairs (thrones) in America's "great" research universities. At the bottom are temp workers, the lumpen academitariat, who do the grunt work, i.e., introductory level courses, in the satanic mills of academe because middling academics don't won't to be kicked off the yellow brick road to tenure and the way of least resistance to the Emerald City is not to teach intro classes. All the while real intellectual life suffers under the weight of academic pretense, irrelevance, and McDonaldisation, and the increasing corporatisation and taylorisation of the "pissant swamp". I suppose we should thank our lucky stars that at least we some semblance of public intellectual life here in America thanks to sports radio...

Ah, if only life were like a mediocre sitcom like The Big Bang Theory...Hot waitress lives in same apartment complex as nerdy PhD.

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