We need a name for Our Detractors. My provisional nominee is “Scatterlings.” Anyway, we’ve got another skittish sociology Scatterling calling us out here. Skittish because this post first went up, then was taken down, and then was put back without links. Remember: “If the glove doesn’t fit, you must acquit”? Not as catchy, but: “If you want to be pissy about other people online, you need to grow a freaking spine.” Especially if you are lobbing this stuff from behind a pseudonym to begin with. Come on!
Anyway, my favorite part of the new Scatterling’s post is this:
Outrage? Really? Over a kinda humorous dismissal of the class? You get outraged over people dying, not over undergrad dismissal. Reality check on aisle 4.
A nearly thousand word rant of indignation? Really? Over a blog I’m not even sure why you are reading? Over an effort of commenters to provide social support for a first-year faculty member who’s just had an obviously unpleasant experience? Maybe you could expend that indignation on, oh, I don’t know, people dying. Reality check on aisle [expletive] you.
I mean, it takes a certain type in academia to find “kinda-humorous” in a fellow traveler getting an anonymous note from a student that includes “One might say wasting a whole semester on a class just to figure out that I never want to take a sociology class again is a waste of time. It is. And I just did it.” I know someone who once got an evaluation to the effect of “the instructor was so ugly it was hard for me to concentrate.” I wonder if this person would find that “kinda humorous” or all the way humorous.
Anyway, the person is blogging under the name “antisocialite” (get it?) and the About statement makes matters even more plain: “I should point out that I’m not a particularly nice person, in just about every sense of the word. So if you’re looking for some kind of shiny happy life-affirming blog you can fuck right off.” Yes, dear readers! We are helping somebody work through their Angry Soul Of The Academy schtick, with a special Anarcho-Transhumanism twist!
Luckily my own Angry phrase was brief and while I was an undergraduate. I should post some of my poetry from that time here, though, especially as that might further tizzify those who have worked themselves into the delusion that despite a very modest number of readers (excepting the singular spike from olderwoman’s recent post), we are somehow sociology celebrities because of this blog.
BTW: As perhaps you can tell, I am in no mood for this more generally. A very up-and-down past two weeks here professionally, but nothing that I can blog about.