19.139 the trouble with tribbles

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 07:22:08 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 139.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 07:06:06 +0100
         From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mkirschenbaum_at_gmail.com>
         Subject: the trouble with tribbles

The Chronicle recently published a truly extraordinary piece of tosh
WARNING job candidates not to blog, lest hiring committees Google them
to reveal political passions or midnight anxieties of the soul. It's
written by a pseudonymous "Ivan Tribble." My own response to the piece
is here (on my blog), together with a small call for action:


I invite Humanists to contribute.

But I thought I'd reproduce here what's easily the dumbest passage in
the whole artice (which saying a lot, believe me):

"But the site quickly revealed that the true passion of said blogger's
life was not academe at all, but the minutiae of software systems,
server hardware, and other tech exotica. It's one thing to be
proficient in Microsoft Office applications or HTML, but we can't
afford to have our new hire ditching us to hang out in computer
science after a few weeks on the job."

That's what we still face in many corners of the humanities, folks: a
seething cauldron of resentment, intimidation, conservatism, and
condescension. Matt

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