I seem to have been a bad netizen of late. I have been picking some random fights with unknown people on comment boards with little to no ultimate goal other than said person pissed me off.
Bad PPP. Hang your head low.
Of course, I still feel right, even two days later. Here is the link if you are interested. Basically I responded to an article in InsideHigherEd that related the MLA’s review of tenure and tenure-track requirements. The article was informative and well-presented, but when I got to the comments, whoooo…of I go.
It seems that there is a definate age bias (including my own) in tenure discussions. I have no doubt this is true to the pyramid structure of academic departments–small numbers of tenured elites tsk tsking the poor ad-junks scrapping it out below. Oh, they say they remember those scrappy days when they pulled all-nighters writing their first of two books. But it worked out, all that hard research. The system works because they succeeded. I mean, if they can do it, anyone can. Youngsters should quit complaining, crack a book and write something, for god’s sake. Then they can rest on the work for a good ten years, produce another and be fixed for life.
Listening to it, I wonder, what the hell is wrong with me? Is that all there is to it? Why, crap, I will just let the mortage slide a little, rack up some more credit dept (run up through grad school) and loans and devote myself to my “work.” And if I waited too long and went and got a family, then I guess that is just too damn bad for me. Survival of the academic fittest…
Unapologetically Tenured was and remains a pompous, elitist ass.
I guess I am still pissed.