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Thursday, 29 December 2005

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Clancy

I was relieved to see that this post is timestamped before my presentation. Unless that was deliberate...yikes! But I don't think I said anything like these remarks.

Rich Puchalsky

Wasn't it just a bit of performative-transgressive mockery? A stagy "see my coolness, I can pretend to be even more academic than I really am" maneuver? That's what I would have assumed.

That or booze.

But be careful; I'd guess that you've already written enough for whoever it was to figure out that you're writing about them.

Scott "The Other Scott" McLemee

I was at the same session, and can verify that SEK's characterization of this individual's presentation is not even slightly unfair. If anything, it is generous. It leaves out one of the more irritating rhetorical moves s/he indulged repeatedly -- what can be summed up as "vague gesture towards profund topic and/or cognitive abyss that, alas, cannot be discussed now, due to time constraints."

Do this three, four....seven....ten times and gosh, it sure does seem like you are a heavy thinker.

John Emerson

Was Seinfeld involved?

MT

I suppose it's reasonable to call it unprofessional. It's also a childish attempt to escape responsibility for one's performance. I'd like to think it doesn't work at all to tell your paying audience that they're only witnessing a rehearsal, but maybe it does--until a particular variation on the trick gets old. Of course, I do it too. I suspect this childishness is kosher in academia because it looks like self-awareness and self-scrutiny, which is a sign of quality in the researcher.

The Little Womedievalist

BREAKING OUT! eh, Ceph, just think of all the fun you're missing here in Mississippi...

Fesser

Good stuff here. The paragraph comment says it all. Reminds me of a participant on a panel I once moderated who warned me in advance to keep my intro short b/c she would need all 20 minutes.

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