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Monday, 24 July 2006

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Adam Kotsko

Before you get far into it, you may want to get a good grasp of how many levels of reflexivity are possible in metablogging.

Scott Eric Kaufman

Oh, I'm aware. I've already read and, in my mind, bested that logic thrice over. I'm going for meta-broke, all my meta-cards on the meta-table, hoping that my meta-sublime meta-multiplication meta-buries all meta-precursors ... or I'm completely meta-overboard, and meta-need to meta-stop it.

eb

I never met a blogger that didn't blog about blogging at one time or another.

sharon

Blogging reveals, above all, that you are merely human.

In some institutions, this may be an unwelcome intrusion of reality that will bar you from their hallowed halls forever.

OTOH, there will be other places and people who will love the evidence of your human-ness and fall over themselves to welcome you in. (And then various degrees on the spectrum inbetween these two extremes...)

Just decide which sort of place you'd rather work in and act accordingly.

Mike S

"Since I've been blogging, I've been approached by no fewer than 40 prospective English graduate students who want to know more about UCI's English department."

And here I thought I was the only one.

"To them, I am an advertisement for the department with whom they feel comfortable interacting."

It's really more than that though, Scott. You're also someone who has successfully advanced through various stages of your education, and you've emerged as a competent, likable near-professional.

Hope you don't mind my sharing, Scott, but some of you might be impressed, though not surprised, by the fact that Scott read and provided feedback on my personal statement and writing sample. He also devoted an entire column on this blog to a question I asked some time ago: what exactly does an English grauate student do all day?

My point: Scott and others like him do make a positive contribution to the field. They're mentors of a sort, and they're also, as Scott puts it, advertisements for their respective departments.

CR

Hope you don't mind my sharing, Scott, but some of you might be impressed, though not surprised, by the fact that Scott read and provided feedback on my personal statement and writing sample.

Actually, I would recommend that anyone who reads this site and is thinking about applying to grad school forward Scott the full-set of application materials right away. Don't forget the writing sample. And, actually, he's very very good at culling a workable sample out of a full undergrad thesis, but the more he has to work with in that department the better. Send the chapters left on the cutting room floor, and your notes, just in case.

Scott Eric Kaufman

[Redacted Away, With Apologies]

CR

Geezus Scott. It was an absolutely contentless comment. A joke about the avalanche of help-requests you might well get in the wake of Mike S.'s comment. Nothing more, nothing less. Just making a funny about the idea of you reading, like, 400 grad applications in the next three or so months.

Now, where exactly did you see the xtra asshole in my comment? The hatefulness?

Boy, this medium, huh?

CR

And anyway: what's gotten in to you lately. First the off-the-handle LS response. And now this.

Strange Scott, very strange.

Persecution complex? Paranoia uptick? What's going on?

N. Pepperell

If it helps (or hurts...), I had the same association CR evidently had: visions of thousands of students now bombarding you with their admission statements - I took his post as an absurdist riff on what would happen if all your readers suddenly started assuming you'd proof their work, not as any kind of criticism of you...

Scott Eric Kaufman
Geezus Scott. It was an absolutely contentless comment. A joke about the avalanche of help-requests you might well get in the wake of Mike S.'s comment. Nothing more, nothing less. Just making a funny about the idea of you reading, like, 400 grad applications in the next three or so months.

Just seemed like you were mocking, I don't know, what seemed like an inappropriate responsibility for a graduate student to burden. Sure, my over-reaction may well be mine, but if there's one thing I have, it's a commitment to helping to the best of my ability those who ask for help. It seemed like you were mocking my moxie or something. Yes, I'm sensitive on this particular issue, since it's not something I feel I should have to do, but something I feel strongly about doing properly.

And anyway: what's gotten in to you lately. First the off-the-handle LS response. And now this.

Strange Scott, very strange.

Persecution complex? Paranoia uptick? What's going on?

Over-work? Lack of sleep? Having to work out for three hours a day just so I can sit up because I got hit by a car? Yes, I admit that I have a short fuse now ... but you have to admit, I'm very generous with apologies and admissions of over-reaction. (I still feel terrible for having jumped on Craig.) I should probably just rip the "Enter" key from my board at this point, since I'm as likely as not to say something I'll regret to someone I actually like. (Actually makes me sorta kinda wish the Troll of Sorrow were here so I could lash out with impunity.)

NP, I think you and CR are in the right here. I suppose I need sleep ... and a vacation from endless exersize and toil.

Ugh. I'd kill for an hour sans pain or a full night of sleep.

CR

Ok, Scott. And sorry that you're not feeling well.

Adam Kotsko

CR and Scott are so cute.

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