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If you're just here for the party, you can skip down to the third link sausage... but I recommend warming up with the first two sausages for a little more context.
Read the article. Despite the seeming hysteria, it's not overstating the matter at all. I'll have further comments down the road on proactive measures that authors may take... if they become reasonably possible. In the meantime, Occupy Bibliothèque Nationale!
In H'wood, smart people do no work.
Really. The characters in that antiintellectual piece of crap are (mostly) supposed to be scientists, and yet it's extraordinarily rare for them to actually do any work. We at least see regular parodies of the work done by cops, by lawyers, by doctors, etc. on TV and in films. I suppose that one could argue that there's no drama/comedy in watching endless labwork, and that's probably true... but never seeing the central part of these characters' lives? And when we get some bizarre sideways reference to it, seeing them outside their fields?
Ultimately, the real problem is that the show creators (et al.) not only have virtually no real experience with intellectual pursuits — whether in the lab or in the library is irrelevant — but disdain those who do. Virtually all of the comedy in BBT comes from the supposed inherent social ineptitude of the nerds, and/or the "surprising" adaptability of some/all of them. In short, smart people act funny and stupid, and everybody should laugh at them because they're different. But then, anyone who had seen as many as two episodes of Chuck knows that Mr Lorre is antiintellectual...
Any relationship between this link sausage and the preceding one is entirely coincidental. Yeah, right.
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Now live at the new site. I have arranged some of
infamous threads that have appeared here
by unravelling them from the blawg tapestry (and hopefully eliminating some
of the sillier typos). Sometimes, the threads have been slightly reordered for clarity.
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