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27 October 2010 @ 12:32 am
Huh.  
I didn't think this was that funny, and I am not sure what to make of the fact that my advisor sent this along to our reading group.

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7451115/

The movie does make some good points about teaching undergraduates, and also about Harold Bloom.
 
 
 
Clare Littlebit Blueambtiondata on October 27th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
Yeah... someone else on my friends page posted this earlier as a very serious "this is why you shouldn't do a humanities PhD"- maybe because I'm partly annoyed with all the doom and gloom and bile I've been reading from this person lately, I actually found I couldn't watch more than a minute or so of this. Though I may try again if there is something about Bloom ;)

I did think the Derrida one from a while back was funny, but then again, I think everything about Derrida is funny.
shannon_f_rshannon_f_r on October 27th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
This movie kind of gave me hope. I thought that the number of people getting tenure-track jobs was much lower.
rokikurama on October 27th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
(I'm with Shannon on the percentage figure. I kind of assume the tenure idea will be gone by the time I get a job!) And as a former Yalie, I can tell you that is 100% true about Harold Bloom.

I don't know. It must have just come out as someone unrelated in my program also posted it on facebook. I watched it and was amused at some bits (mostly the way the text-to-speak program makes them sound, it was an excellent use of that mechanical-sounding voice, especially for the student) but also annoyed more generally. Every job has political and bureaucratic issues. It's just a function of how people get together and operate. Sure, people question the value of the humanities... how much more do they question the value of the mid-level advertising flunkie? Or the random budget guy at a random corporation? There are good things to hold onto as well.

...sorry. I've got several rants kind of building up since I haven't been posting to the LJ (laugh/shakes head)