Sunday, August 7, 2016


I don't know if any current readers are Tweeters, but there's been some lively stuff going on under #seriousacademics for a little while.

Here's some flava from an article that started it:
Using social media to impress people that you know – as well as those that you have never met – has now become a professional concern for many academics. I see more and more of them live tweeting and hashtagging their way through events. When did it become acceptable to use your phone throughout a lecture, let alone an entire conference? No matter how good you think you are at multitasking, you will not be truly focusing your attention on the speaker, who has no doubt spent hours preparing for this moment.
Which then led to this piece, which I find hilarious.
Sadly, it appears (to me) that most of the people who share their work online do so purely as proof of their dedication to the profession, to mark them out as more enthusiastic than their peers. This is very sad. Before social networks, academia was essentially a communist utopia, where nobody ever self-aggrandised or showed any hint of ego. This is genuinely true, ask anyone who agrees with me.
I mention all of this, because as a @CollegeMisery follower, I was stunned to see retweets from the compound today on this topic. Who's doing it? Fab, is it you? Didn't Kimmie do it? Did Terry P. do it? Regardless, I hope it continues.

Why, because I'm a serious academic.



  1. Both Kimmie and Terry P. ran the Twitter page and took more than a few complaints, primarily because it wasn't done the way some of this page's readers thought it should be. I'm going to try it until people tell me they disapprove ... in 5, 4, 3, ... Then I will probably stop as well.

  2. #ILoveMyStudents My students work hard. I care about my students. Cuz Im a #seriousacademics #IFartedForMyPhd @CollegeMisery @JustinBieber #heartthrob

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  4. Does adding the tag make it scholarship that matters? @ColoradoSockPuppet

    1. 99 percent of what I do on Twitter is listen.

      Maybe I should start to read.

  5. Don't worry what readers say. Seriously. You have always been too thinskinned. It is what's driven so many readers away.

  6. My last attempt at tweeting from a conference (partly for the benefit of colleagues who couldn't make it, but were working on a related project) resulted in my sending several tweets directly to people who were speaking at the conference, rather than making reference to them in tweets meant to go out to a more general audience, because I didn't know the trick of putting a period/dot before the username at the beginning of a tweet. So, #tweetfail.

    I've also become less sympathetic to students who put stupid stuff out for everyone to see on social media, since I've noted that my own young relatives seem to be pretty good at being on social media while hiding most of their activity from their parents (and their aunt). They're bright kids, but I don't think it's really that difficult.

  7. It takes extraordinary discipline and concentration to live-tweet an academic presentation well, trying to boil the points down to tweetable length while knowing that the author of the paper will see them and you'd better do justice to their work. Yes, it can be disconcerting to see people typing away in the audience, but that's easily avoided by introducing yourself and asking if it's OK if you live-tweet. In my experience, speakers are usually delighted.