Thought I'd check in on the clubhouse. I see I missed several moderator changes (the
clubhouse does eat its own) and we now have Fab "I delete all comments I don't like
cause censorship is the heart of academics" Sun. But, this is not a government site,
so there is no protection from the 1st Amendment. Looks like the content is thin
(based on all the flashbacks) and the community seems smaller.
For the new people, I'll reiterate my reasons why this blog should be closed down.
First, you are professionals. The difference between the students you complain about
and you? You are paid. You are suppose to be the mature, highly trained side of
academics. Posting snide, sarcastic stories about students and colleagues is a
little like giggling at the fat girl during recess. It's inappropriate and not the
kind of behavior we encourage in our students, much less ourselves.
Second, you represent a very small minority of academics. Most of us have rarely
encountered the situations you portray as common and frequent. The outside world
reads this blog and fears this is a typical college experience (well, perhaps no one
other than the clubhouse reads this blog). You are doing a disservice to the
Third, a common refrain is that this blog is a "watercooler" to vent frustrations. I
get that, the pressure of your demanding jobs must rival air traffic controllers. But
remember those family gatherings and that uncle who needs to express his racist or
sexist comments? That's kinda how you guys sound. Now, if you were construction
workers, or in the food industry, we might expect this level of discourse. But you
are suppose to be the intellectual elite, you are suppose to be above this kind of
thing. If you need some way to vent, buy a kitten, talk to a mental health
professional. We don't need to be reminded that you have troubles, it seems a
personal matter to me.
Obviously, human nature makes this type of behavior impossible to stop or control.
But how about you, at the very least, put your site behind a password field. Keep it
secret. We know you are like angry white people, but don't emulate the Trump
movement and relish in the lowbrow.
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