Thursday, August 6, 2009

Two other ways of looking at it

from daniel coleman's in bed with the word:
hard-hearted, cynical audiences are usually smart. you can't tell them anything they haven't thought about before. critique, clever interventions, intriguing arguments, and brilliant analyses are the bread and butter hard-hearted people chew up and spit out without stopping to breathe. the chink in the armour of cynics, however, is sorrow. (p. 101)

from frank donoghue's the last professors:
... professions do not prepare their members to deal with layoffs, chronic unemployment, or underemployment. ... when professors get fired, they cry. moreover, no profession more fervently believes in the myth of meritocracy than academics. the conviction that somehow one's talent alone ultimately determines one's place in the hierarchy of academic labor gives rise to a constellation of fantasties: my charisma as a teacher will be properly valued; my completed dissertation or published book will confirm my rare intelligence. in short, someone will discover me and celebrate my intellectual powers. since these epiphanies almost never happen, meritocracies have the effect of making everyone feel insufficiently appreciated. (p. 63)


VicoLetter said...

VicoLe celebrates your powers always

Anonymous said...

Like Mari said before "When it comes time for the big gunfight, your posse will be huge."

jen alabiso said...

"myths of meritocracy" and "constellation of fantasies"...these are my new favourite phrases.

and, yes, sweet, your posse will be big, fierce, and angry. they have NO IDEA who they messed with.

Jo-Ann Wallace said...

When are you going to post again? Your strength is in your writing. Don't stop writing.