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collected sightings of the academic precariat in cyberspace
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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.
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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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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...
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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? :) :) :)