Slowly getting back to regular schedule, here are some Monday Links
3. Can’t Get Tenure? Then Get a Real Job. Megan McArdle:
As I’ve remarked before, it’s not surprising that so many academics believe that the American workplace is a desperately oppressive and exploitative environment in which employers can endlessly abuse workers without fear of reprisal, or of losing the workers. That’s a pretty accurate description of the job market for academic labor … until you have tenure.
Semi-tongue-in-cheek, I might add that it is also not surprising that many academics think that big companies can use advertisement/propaganda to manipulate their customers into over-paying for worthless products. That’s a pretty good description of a modern liberal-arts degree at any non-top-tier school (and even at the top tier, it’s debatable).
(The referenced post by The Professor is In is a mix of unintended self-parody of liberal academics and some praise-worthy self-reflection.)