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  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Sacha,

    what do you reckon that could be?

    I don't know if speculation would be particularly useful, but as a pure hypothetical let's say that Victoria was planning to close its classics department. Now, if I was the Head of Classics at Auckland, I may have all kinds of salient and perfectly reasonable arguments why that's no great tragedy but there's no way I could honestly say I was a disinterested by-stander. That's a genuine (but easily managed) conflict of interest.

    And while it's not a direct analogy, I've found it hard to find any bookseller or publisher who'll say anything disobliging about Whitcoulls on the record -- not because those criticisms don't exist, but because they're actually decent people who don't want to be seen kicking a competitor in the slats when its on the floor, and hundreds of jobs are on the line.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And to add to the above, the infamous lawsuit over the FOX TV bovine growth hormone exposé is probably the sort of thing the interested parties want to avoid.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5445 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    FWIW, that was 'Random', in many senses.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    The closure of GWS at VUW is all very political and commenting may have repercussions if you are involved in other parts of the university (as I am, tenuously). Many NZ wide academics have been involved in various levels of review so conflicts of interest there. There is also a bit of feminist solidarity so one might not feel qualified to talk about one campus or discipline from another.

    I am just annoyed becuase my second PhD supervisor is about to lose her job and so won't be there in an academic capacity to support me through the marking processes. Not many 'get' my autism policy research, which mainly takes a disability studies approach - but WS does. Just as it 'gets' issues of the experences of new Samoan mothers, or young women's sexuality, or the portrayal of women in film and television, or subjects relating to queer theory and identity. This is modern GWS. Dangerous for the status quo.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3229 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to Megan Clayton,

    (I am not a frequent commenter as PAS because I favour the long-form in writing and don't wish to clog up the columnage unduly. I trust more active members will grant me this diversion.)

    Well, my view is that as soon as we start talking about the complex stuff, we don't really have a choice except to go long-form.

    Thanks for your response Rich.

    I think it's me that should be thanking you, not the other way round.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    Closer to home, the way forward faces the obstacle of the Whaddarya Mentality (TM), which erroneously regards stay-at-home dads as having a loser or poofter stigma. If anything, it's a subset of barefoot-and-pregnant-ism, which itself is a subset of the flourishing Ladder Kicking Syndrome.

    OK, so what do we do about it, aside from speaking out when we see it?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2728 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    In all this, I’m still baffled that Trotter ended up in that chair

    I know that Trotter is not Mr Popular around these parts but I did appreciate him challenging Deborah Coddington on her facile notion of 'objective' journalism and her belief that the world-views of journalists are not already shaped and constrained by their backgrounds and education--and, as Chris himself declared, 'that ugly word----class"

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Megan Clayton,

    I am not a frequent commenter as PAS because I favour the long-form in writing and don't wish to clog up the columnage unduly.

    I also encourage you to go for it.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sacha,

    I also encourage you to go for it.

    +1. Go long, Megan C. Or link off to your own blog if you want to go essay length.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    I am not a frequent commenter as PAS because I favour the long-form in writing and don’t wish to clog up the columnage unduly.

    Lolz. That doesn't seem to constrain anyone else :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I know that Trotter is not Mr Popular around these parts but I did appreciate him challenging Deborah Coddington on her facile notion of 'objective' journalism and her belief that the world-views of journalists are not already shaped and constrained by their backgrounds and education--and, as Chris himself declared, 'that ugly word----class"

    I have no major quibble with Trotter on this occasion - it's the idea that he gets called if those particular people are unavailable. He had a good laugh at that notion himself, to his credit.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I have no major quibble with Trotter on this occasion – it’s the idea that he gets called if those particular people are unavailable. He had a good laugh at that notion himself, to his credit.

    I gather he had a swift couple of glasses of wine afterwards too :-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    clog up the columnage unduly.

    The frequency/quantity/quality triad. Quality always wins, no matter the length.

    TMAINUI.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to recordari,

    Quality always wins, no matter the length.

    Do you realise how difficult it is NOT to make a smutty joke in response to that sentence? Huh? Do you?

    (Megan, I too am down with awesome long posts.)

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Megan Clayton,

    clog up the columnage

    Thoughtful long worthwhile post vs 140 character drivel ... such a hard choice really.

    Seriously I can read and I'm happy to read your posts any time whatever length you feel you need. Besides I'm not sure I saw an "appropriate post length" sign anywhere.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4461 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Danielle,

    Huh? Do you?

    Yes I still do. ;-)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Besides I'm not sure I saw an "appropriate post length" sign anywhere.

    Yup, you can always skip the long posts with a single eye movement, if it burns.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10657 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Dearest darlingest Megan - you have things of value to say, and I, for one, don't mind how long it takes you to say them, as long as you do. I would suggest from all the comments above mine that no-one else does, either.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I gather he had a swift couple of glasses of wine afterwards

    Pitch a "making of" doco to Brian - seems the behind the scenes of this ep would have been great telly

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Megan Clayton,

    I am not a frequent commenter as PAS because I favour the long-form in writing and don't wish to clog up the columnage unduly.

    Don't be silly. There's a delightful doo-dad on the mouse called a scroll wheel, and I'll use it if you're being tiresomely verbose.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Could Trotter try not being a man-tronising douche-bag?

    No. It's Trotter. Genetic impossibility.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report Reply

  • Megan Wegan,

    Indeed, some of them were simply unable to make it. But others were offered the opportunity and cried off. So he wasn’t entirely wrong.

    Yeah, I know a couple of the women who were asked, and there's various reasons they couldn't. Deborah has written about hers.

    Welly • Since Jul 2008 • 1275 posts Report Reply

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