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Right. Got it. Thanks.

Right. Got it. Thanks. | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
Perhaps VT and NH gynofascists and their spineless higher ups should’ve paid more attention to the plight of their workers and worried less about adjuncts breaking the silence. The irony of The irony of the messages, the phone calls, all of it remains:
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the Migrant Intellectual saga continues... pressure in the form of calls and emails, from higher ed media (deeply concerned editors) and admin at local colleges likely to come up in the interview. 

 

This is pressure that, were MI still asking to be heard by (one set of) them or in the employ of the other set, leads to censorship and is a recognized element in workplace bullying. 

 

Asking nicely to be heard, even when persistent, has not worked. Just ask Keith Hoeller, Jack Longmate, Sissy Bradford, Ana Maria Fores Tamayo and others. Maybe more adjuncts should have been talking to Fox News sooner. 

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VanessaVaile's comment, December 17, 2012 11:55 AM
There is no single "go from there" point. All are places to start, whether media interview, starting and maintaining a blog or other public voice, collecting signatures door to door, posting public broadsides IRL, starting or signing a petition, signs out on your lawn, wearing a badge (virtual or IRL), a bumper sticker on your car, and more are starts. We each have our own starting points, none THE ONE. What we can do (and must to build a network) is cooperate, share and spread information, support as many of one another's projects. Hierarchy is their game, not ours.
VanessaVaile's comment, December 17, 2012 12:00 PM
Ana's and other adjunct issue relevant petitions are on the Petition Junction page http://thenewfacultymajority.blogspot.com/p/petitions.html at the New Faculty Majority blog, http://thenewfacultymajority.blogspot.com. Please sign all for issues that you support. If you have a petition to recommend, please leave information in comments... now we are getting off track (since this not really a post about petitions). Back to the topic at hand. Who controls the media and what can we do about it?
Ana Maria Fores Tamayo's comment, December 17, 2012 12:38 PM
You are so right: we can do much from signing, making bumper stickers... hey: we should do that at NFM? ADJUNCT JUSTICE! Wearing badges, signs in our yards... there is so much. AND yes, if anyone can tell me about the media, and who controls them, I would love to be enlightened...
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Higher Ed Goliath Has Freakishly Large Forehead (Contact Hours versus Actual Labor)

Higher Ed Goliath Has Freakishly Large Forehead (Contact Hours versus Actual Labor) | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
. . . I maintained an active login of my hours Spring 2011 (100% online); this included prep, discussion board, office hour-like meetings, emailing, faculty meetings, chair consultations...
VanessaVaile's insight:

a clear, cogent and to the point (of impact) analysis of work vs credit hours currently under intense discussion (yet again) due to ACA Snakes in Loopholes cutting hours. How much clearer can you get than pay for actual time worked? If by course not time clock, then align workload hours to reality not credit hour fantasy.

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Robert Craig Baum's comment, December 14, 2012 9:17 AM
You know what's interesting about fantasy? Like SciFi, fantasy is supposed to be a place you go, a creative or spiritual location within storytelling, that attempts to work through problems we simply find unbearable or unknowable in real time. Blurring the lines betwee real, unreal, actual, virtual is what the best fantasy and SciFi offers. This tends to lead to real pathologies in our work life. The fantasy that we can effectively teach and lead when we simply cannot "get by" (let alone, Heaven Forbid, get ahead, save, invest, take a vacation) as well as the fantasy that institutions can run on outsourced labor and bankster privatization models -- there's where I start to wonder about my own mental health (as an adjunct) and begin to question the role administrators played in this SUCKER-PUNCH story. It dawned on me suddenly in 2007 that my administrators were actually patients in the same mental health facility called American higher education. Only, they were playing the role of Christopher Llyod in that movie THE DREAM TEAM, the one where everyone thinks he's the psychiatrist but it turns out, because of a traumatic event, he's also attending the support meetings, embroiled in the misadventure, etc. But, it takes a long time for Christopher Lloyd's character to come around.
When we live in fantasyland in our every day work lives--pretending we're some kind
VanessaVaile's comment, December 14, 2012 9:30 AM
Remember the King of Hearts? Fwiwi AConfederacy of Dunces is an adjunct novel
Robert Craig Baum's comment, December 14, 2012 9:32 AM
Blatty's NINTH CONFIGURATION? :) :) :)
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Prelude: Before the Fox News Special Report

Prelude: Before the Fox News Special Report | A is for Adjunct | Scoop.it
I want to open up a dialogue now even as I continue to investigate a possible future crime to be committed in the against the Adjunct Nation by the major news media. So far, the mediums are in their goo water (or whatever that stuff was in Minority Report), stirring, relentless in their flash imagery, unpredictable in their ability to track and trace ghosts in their machine.
VanessaVaile's insight:

Let the wild rumpus begin... the talking writing commenting game is already afoot a week or more from airing the interview. Adjunct interview in national media, front door too, not creeping in the back door via highered media. But what media ~ lions and tigers, oh my ~ not liberal friends (we hope) of the beleaguered adjunct, but Fox News. 

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