UPDATE: So, I invited Charles Green, the Cornell writing lecturer who is the current leading scholar in Critical Schuman Studies, to print anything he wishes to right here on this blog, for pay, so as to avoid the indignity of brawling in the IHE comment section anymore. (You know what they say about wrestling a pig, etc. But what they don’t mention is that the people watching the wrestling match also have fun, and not the way you want them to.)
Anyway, Charles has responded and says thanks but no thanks (see comments below–largely thanks to an UNINVITED INTERVENTION by my DAD, which actually gave me the best idea for a meta-Tumblr ever, Dads Commenting On Blogs–any takers?).
Charles was very nice, so let’s all follow in the sincere example I’m trying to set, and thank him for being willing to come over here to unfriendly territory, and talk to me like a person! One of the things that makes me saddest is when people assume that I can’t handle it when anyone disagrees with me. Look, I write very sharply worded work that very mercilessly attacks a system that I happen to believe is toxic and rewards mediocrity (but, which, let’s face it, is currently rattling out its last gasps anyway).
Other people who, like me, have been hurt by the system (whether they’re successful in it or not), are going to be predisposed to agree with me. People for whom the system works well — or for whom they very badly want it to — are going to disagree. It is 100% fine to say that I am wrong about anything or everything. And, as my husband pointed out yesterday, a favorite way of academics to do that is to attack methodology (yet another reason peer review doesn’t work! LOL!).
However, I think a productive angle of argument going forward would be this: It is very easy to attack my tone, my lifelong tendency for hyperbole, and my negativity about academia. Which, fine. But in addition to doing that, maybe another thing to think about would be: Why is my “funhouse” version of academia so popular, even with academics (because, face it, I have as many fans as I do detractors — possibly, dare I say, more)? Instead of attacking me, let’s focus on the system that created me. My job is to hold it accountable. Your job can be to work your ass off to fix it in any way you can. Deal?