January 13, 2005

Choose Your Own Adventure - Academic Version

You are a disgruntled scientist, pissed off because your department was denied the funding to hire a replacement for a retiree. One day, a series of unfortunate events occur that place your particular department in the spotlight as your expertise lies in the area of the unfortunate event. The media come calling, looking for answers and angles and TV talking heads. What do you do?

A) Whine that it's not really your area of expertise, complain that the staff member who would be perfect for the segment retired and that you don't have a replacement, being sure to lambaste the powers that be for acting like cheapskates, and refer the media to the competing university down the road.

B) Smile for the cameras, answer the questions (which you actually do have knowledge of) and gain a high media profile for your department, which you may later leverage into a request for replacement staff.

I know which one I'd choose. And I know which one actually got chosen. Ah, academic ego. No better weapon has yet been created for shooting oneself in the foot.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at January 13, 2005 08:42 AM