Legitimization Factories

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  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 30, 2012 at 5:16 am .

    I love that story! What <i>would</i> it look like for the MFA? &quot;OK. Read this poem, &#39;Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.&#39; Now translated in to Dickinsonian quatrains. Now translate <i>that</i> into Smart&#39;s cadences from &#39;Jubilate Agno.&#39;&quot; Or some such. Might put the M back in MFA, eh?

  2. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett March 30, 2012 at 4:40 am .

    The discussion in the comments here brought to mind something a professor I knew many years ago told: that at one time (early 1800&#39;s, I think it was), prospective graduates at Harvard University would appear before a group of elder professors. Each candidate would come forward to a lectern on which was placed an open copy of the Bible.<br /><br />One of the professors would ask the graduate

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm .

    Excellent link, Ed. And the &quot;knowledge industry&quot; chugs on….

  4. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 29, 2012 at 10:37 am .

    here is that &#39;other&#39; side …<br /> ahhh those cushy &quot;teaching&quot; jobs at University, eh ?<br /><br />http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/greed-threatens-learning-at-local-universities/2012/03/28/gIQABeRdhS_story.html?hpid=z6<br /><br />and<br /><br />UMUC used to be called University of Maryland which everybody knew was in College Park..<br />now it&#39;s called University

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm .

    &#39;to there&#39;<br /> should be<br />&quot;out there&quot;<br /><br />damn … I should<br />subscribe to &#39;spell check&#39;<br />like just about every other<br /><br />Meanigful Poet does …

  6. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm .

    pee est:<br /><br />AHHHH<br />there are yet a few folks &#39;to there&#39;<br /><br />who know how to fix a toilet<br />and have the few/basic tools <br />to so do…. or when to flush:<br /><br />when brown<br />down<br /><br />when yellow<br />mellow<br /><br />you guys are smart<br />I had my way-with-words<br />once<br />but she ran away with a <br />Rationalist

  7. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato March 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm .

    Good comments, Dale.<br /><br />I particularly appreciate the &#39;capitalism&#39; and &#39;academic thievery&#39; nexus. I&#39;ve maintained that, among other things, one of the effects of global capital is to turn the academic-based &#39;avant-garde&#39; productions into just another type of commodity with its own built-in advertising. Silliman, for one, balked at my suggesting that his recent

  8. DaleJacobson
    DaleJacobson March 28, 2012 at 5:08 am .

    Gimmicks. Yes, you&#39;ve hit on a big one, Joseph, and you&#39;ve brushed against it previously. The mass production of poetry, which &quot;produces&quot; a conformity at the same time it overwhelms with sheer production. William James criticized the invention of the Ph.D. as a certificate necessary for those who could not otherwise establish their knowledge of their field. He also made

  9. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett March 28, 2012 at 3:13 am .

    Joseph, thanks for your comment over in my blog, and thanks for linking to it and for your further remarks here.<br /><br />What you say here about factories, that they &quot;thrive by producing a limited number of products with a limited number of functions&quot; and that &quot;variety exists primarily in packaging&quot; took me back a few years. Many years back I worked for a living for a

  10. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker March 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm .

    I invented the term to call them by their real name:<br /><br />CREDENTIALISTS<br /><br />(see quote via William Barrett in previous posts comments)

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