Tony Gurr

Posts Tagged ‘Literary Criticism’

I’m still STANDing…yeah, yeah, yeah!

In Our Universities, Technology, The Paradigm Debate on 18/06/2012 at 9:48 am

Problem is…so are “they”!

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So, I told the “dons” that the price on my head just wasn’t enough…the ivory tower fatwā “failed”…and, I live to commit another bout of murderous bloggery!

In that last post, I did give a tip o’ the hat to those darling, tech-savvy, EDUscholar bloggers just seem to “get” that blogging gives them an opportunity to “engage” their public and “fans” – and, enhance their academic reputations to boot!

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This having been said…I did get a fair bit of “hate-mail” (all written on parchment, with French quill feathers, no doubt)…

…Jesus, Mary and Joseph…those dons can pen a hate mail! I had to get out the old thesaurus just to get through all wordy-wordiness on the bits of parchment I got in the old snail mail!

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Look, I don’t want to run through everything these crusty old “haters” all tried to LEARN me…but the gist went something like this:

1) …needs “qualified” people to write it – i.e. those who have been “trained”! Blogging uses “amateurs” – those people who are “untrained”!

2) …demands “precision of judgment” on texts, blogging is “impressionistic”!

3) …does not encourage “opinions” but rather “analysis“. Blogging is all opinions!

4) …confers power on writers. Blogging threatens the authority of experts because it allows “anyone to write”!

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My three trusty doggies have three words for you…

Codswallop,

Codswallop,

Codswallop.

 

Oh, yes…and…one from ME!

CODSWALLOP!

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OK, maybe I have been a bit unfair…one good bit o’ parchment deserves another (or at least a few more pixels) – let’s take these ONE-by-ONE:

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  • Professionals built the Titanic. Amateurs built the Ark! Nuff said…


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  • John Lennon once told a story about his mum and school days… “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” …judging texts from within an ivory tower, does not guarantee “precision”. In fact, it often does the exact opposite!


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  • Another very smart cookie, Margaret Wheatley, once said…”And time for reflection with colleagues is for me a lifesaver; it is not just a nice thing to do if you have the time. It is the only way you can survive.” The suggestion that only academics are qualified to “do” analysis is, quite frankly, insulting! I’m guessing all that “book LEARNing” our graduates have been forced to do of late is NOT the reason why they cannot find jobs, afterall?

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  • Do I really have to respond to that last one? Shiriously? Shiriously…are you kidding me? I think it was Thomas Jefferson that once wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

 

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I’m really sorry (actually, I’m not – but it’s so hard to shake off an “English upbringing”) but I’m guessing the manure we have been serving up (or “delivering”) to our LEARNers all these years…needs a bit of refreshing.

And, there are plenty of “blog-enabled patriots” out there…or there will be when they LEARN to use an iPad!

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hadi bakalım, do your worst, dons!