November 17, 2004

Taking Toys, Going Home

Irony just dropped by bearing this article from Chicago University's online newspaper. It seems some people have interesting ideas about what actually constitutes "interesting ideas."

CF one Saskia Sassen, whose definition of "academic discussion" seems to include "storming off in a huff," but not to include, you know, listening to the other point of view, or even sticking around to further argue her own.

Even though, as she herself admitted, she had "no special expertise" in the portion of the panel discussion that so disgusted her.

The fact that you can't make this stuff up makes me kind of sad.

via Instapundit

Posted by Big Arm Woman at November 17, 2004 03:15 PM
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The fact that you can't make this stuff up makes me kind of sad.

Oh, cheer up! I can't cite line, chapter and verse but I'm sure Swift, Austen or Dickens - and certainly Pratchett - could make up a Sassen without breaking stride.

JKL

Posted by: ManFromPorlock at November 17, 2004 07:07 PM

I think I'll take a leaf out of Sassen's book.

"We can't make any headway in this discussion unless you agree with me."

I can see how that attitude could be very useful.

Posted by: Laura at November 18, 2004 08:23 AM