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27 October 2010 @ 12:32 am
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.


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)