I really need to be using Scrivener

It is obviously my style, and I should learn it. Meanwhile, pasting here what I cut from elsewhere:

[Start] If we are an institution of learning then students are learning and so are we. The university may support commercial development, but it serves knowledge first. We and the students are partners in that. We are partners not in the narrow sense of having made a deal with each other, but of having embarked on a common enterprise, started down a common road. Students are our partners, and if we have customers they are our “partners” in business and R&D. I realize this is quaint and the ship may have sailed, but if we are involved in resisting that then we must not be complicit in our own destruction or get coopted by this weird new language.

A passenger may also be a customer, but the word refers to a more specific activity, denotes a traveler, has a different, perhaps more organic role (a customer is someone who has bought something, whereas a passenger is a participant in the event of the train ride). [A customer, important though the revenue they generate is, is external to the operation; a passenger, even though they have paid for a ticket and are not permanently on the train, is still more.]

–market, commodification

–impoverishment when you have arranged everything to maximize profit

–the idea of market infusing and informing every aspect of personality – idea that we are nothing else and nothing more

It says writing and the use of language affect politics. These ideas are of course not unique to Orwell, and the essay and Orwell have been criticized (cf. Menand in the New Yorker), but they are worth remembering.
…ideologically, taking advantage of the complex relationship between language and self, language and world.
… altering the meanings of words while pretending not to have done so. (words masquerade)
…familiar terms are used in deceptive ways … and words are emptied of meaning but continue to be used, empty sign, blocking meaning, working only to obscure events
The redefinition of student as consumer is a different, but related kind of example.
Yet more fundamentally the new terms fundamentally they alter the self-concept of those using them, as well as their relationship to the world they inhabit.

State parks, for instance, once free and for the people, are now funded by user fees. In the past hotels had guests, trains had passengers, doctors had patients, and lawyers had clients, but now customer is the word most widely used. When we are only users and not citizens, and allegiance is shifted to corporations (consider “Nike Nation”),…

I will at a later time write an article on neoliberalization and monetization at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. This is without even talking about private prisons. I have long joked about parallels between this institution and the state universities, as well as connections between us (them printing our letterhead, for instance). And have been noticing, as well as severe restrictions of former freedoms accompanied by a much more officially welcoming attitude to visitors, monetization for some time, e.g. you can no longer send money by US postal money order but must send via private transfer company that charges large fee, and so on. However, today, took clearer note of two things germane to universities: 1/ prisoners cannot be called prisoners or inmates any more, but “offenders” (the parallel to student as costumer); 2/ proliferation of new administrative positions, and particularly the multiplication of wardens: jobs formerly done by different types of guards are now done by wardens for this, wardens for that.

– Essay assignment for someone: investigate and expose infiltration of publications like CHE by commercial entities spouting corporate lines on education. This happens more and more, and subtly. It is a very well organized campaign and a many headed hydra.
– Next: dissertations you are to approve but cannot read in their entirety because they contain trade secrets (and a corporation used your university’s facilities to do its research). Next: the way the counseling center here is now promoting “resilience,” and a psych professor has received major funding to do it. What “resilience” is in the neoliberal universe is revealed below. In general — see what I mean? The enemy is so far inside the gates, has already infiltrated so much, and was not seen clearly enough soon enough, or when seen was not resisted.
– Got a very manipulative phone call — alleged public opinion survey but it was actually a propaganda piece for possible BESE candidate Jada Lewis. Wily, I saw through all the questions and realized that this charter school advocate is a danger. The phone call her campaign surely paid for convinced me to vote for Carolyn Hill. Tell me if I am missing anything. The bottom line is: fund public schools, and do not siphon public money to private enterprise. In addition: people like Jada Lewis who say that only in (certain kinds of) science and engineering are there or will there be jobs, and that education should reflect that, are shortsighted and poor planners, and should not be allowed to lead.

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One Response to I really need to be using Scrivener

  1. Z says:

    A student is someone you work with so they are a colleague not a customer. They might be customers of a for-profit or a degree mill from the point of its owner, but how do you feel when medical care is a for profit service and you are a customer but not a patient?
    Would you want to go to a hospital that is “run like a business” – ?

    I want students to have more power than just customer power and consumer reviews.
    When we consent to calling students customers–or products, and there is an entire literature on this–we dramatically reduce their role and abbreviate their rights.

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