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writing is on the wall

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Found this on the hallway wall as I came back up from having a ciggy break while in on a Sunday, writing a lecture on Bleak House and, erm, anxiety. I’m afraid said lecture fails to answer the posted question, maybe answers others, but none which really merit massive-levels of state financing, probably not, no.

[the end of the post has been redacted because sometimes it’s simply not necessary to keep on writing, whether you have something to say or no…]

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February 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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  1. “Virtual warehousing of the young”?


    February 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

  2. Yes! That’s it! It’s like something scrawled on the outerwall of an asylum or a prison….

    The more serious point, I suppose, would be (shit should have included in main post) that this seems to be the eyecatchingly “provocative” leader to the announcement of some sort of writing contest. It’s no wonder that at the peakpoint of neoliberal bureaucratic sublimity (ever more money for clerks to figure out ways not to dole out ever-less money) universities have writing contests that require the submission not of creative writing but what is in effect a grant proposal.

    Soon, the tipping point will be reached, and the undergraduates will simply take up apprenticeships shadowing university administrative workers or full time internships as adminstrative workers, processing outcome reports on other students learning to administer, while lecturers won’t teach but sit in seminars on how to obtain grants in order to sponsor teaching that won’t be done. All the real education will happen on reality tv shows that cast a nostalgic glance at “old fashioned learning,” where student-actors squirm in their seats as they hear old guys say stuff about Kant or Shakespeare between bouts of cow-milking and sock-darning.

    I duffed this post, dammit. It could have been great.

    Anxiously back to anxious lecture about anxiety.


    February 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

  3. the first version of this post, believe it or not, ended with the first several lines of “Lust for Life.”



    February 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm

  4. One last thing….

    Just checked, and if you win the competition, you get your own brand new iPod touch and (unpaid) publication on some website or another. Which sounds a lot like what I’m expecting to received in lieu of research leave when I apply in a year or two….


    February 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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