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Togelius: The differences between tinkering and research
I quite enjoyed this, if only because I started out quite defensive and concerned it was going in one direction, but it then went on and reminded me of many useful and valid points. (I think prior art - part of the "Scholarship" aspect - is a highly important part of any work, and find the lack of interest in it frequently frustrating. At the same time, sometimes it feels like academics do their best to hide that work, which is challenging for the civilian).
academia  research  scholarship  priorart 
april 2016 by infovore
The Slow Death of the University - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Education should indeed be responsive to the needs of society. But this is not the same as regarding yourself as a service station for neocapitalism. In fact, you would tackle society’s needs a great deal more effectively were you to challenge this whole alienated model of learning. Medieval universities served the wider society superbly well, but they did so by producing pastors, lawyers, theologians, and administrative officials who helped to sustain church and state, not by frowning upon any form of intellectual activity that might fail to turn a quick buck." Terry Eagleton on good form.
education  uk  academia  money 
april 2015 by infovore
In the Name of Love | Jacobin
"Under the [Do What You Love] credo, labor that is done out of motives or needs other than love (which is, in fact, most labor) is not only demeaned but erased. As in Jobs’ Stanford speech, unlovable but socially necessary work is banished from the spectrum of consciousness altogether." This is astute and good, on what happens when work is divided into either "things you love anyway" or "labor that we will banish from view" - and the enabling forces that let someone Do What They Love.
dywl  academia  work  motivation  capitalism 
january 2014 by infovore
An Academic Author’s Unintentional Masterpiece - NYTimes.com
"In this column I want to look at a not uncommon way of writing and structuring books. This approach, I will argue, involves the writer announcing at the outset what he or she will be doing in the pages that follow. The default format of academic research papers and textbooks, it serves the dual purpose of enabling the reader to skip to the bits that are of particular interest and — in keeping with the prerogatives of scholarship — preventing an authorial personality from intruding on the material being presented. But what happens when this basically plodding method seeps so deeply into a writer’s makeup as to constitute a stylistic signature, even a kind of ongoing flourish or extravagance?" Oh, bravo, Geoff Dyer, bravo.
writing  academia  geoffdyer  pastiche 
july 2011 by infovore
So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities
"A bright motivated undergrad decides to ask her professor for a recommendation to graduate school." XtraNormal makes everything somewhat more psychotic than even the original scripts suggest. Fun.
satire  academia  video  phd  humanities  xtranormal 
october 2010 by infovore
An Economic Analysis of a Drug-Selling Gang's Finances
Bookmarked because I'm fed up of watery allusions to this (last seen: Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics (which is annoying because it's watery despite Levitt having *worked on the paper*)). $5 for the *actual information* seems far more interesting than any volume of popular economics books.
economics  crime  academia  levitt  venkatesh  antigladwellism 
april 2010 by infovore
Editor quits after accepting bogus science article | Education | guardian.co.uk
"The editor-in-chief of an academic journal has resigned after his publication accepted a hoax article. The Open Information Science Journal failed to spot that the incomprehensible computer-generated paper was a fake. This was despite heavy hints from its authors, who claimed they were from the Centre for Research in Applied Phrenology." Oh dear.
science  journal  hoax  academia  publishing  openaccess 
june 2009 by infovore
Academia, Bauhaus, Postmoderism and Games « Applied Game Design
"[within the games industry]... the creativity-medium-invention and attitude-practice-deconstruction models often hold no water. Rather, there is only importance placed upon the “talent-meiter-immitation” model that is still in practice in the industry today." An interesting analysis of the nature of education (as it relates to the games industry) and models of learning. I have often lamented the depressing state of how career progression in the industry works, and this article helps quantifies it.
games  education  industry  career  design  academia  bauhaus  progress 
april 2009 by infovore
Presentation | Thinking After Dark
"The international conference “Thinking After Dark: Welcome to the World of Horror Video Games” unites scholars who all study a corpus that has been left out up to now: horror video games. Considering the relatively slow progress of generic studies among the recent surge of academic interest towards video games, this event represents a major first step."
academic  academia  conference  horror  survival  games  criticism  survivalhorror 
november 2008 by infovore

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