Saw the most painful commercial yesterday while hanging out with rathershady
. A woman is going to a sub place, where the person behind the counter enumerates all their virtues: fresh dough, grilled meat, fresh produce...
She stops him with, "Shhh...you had me at fresh dough.">_<
Also, every time I see a UMKC TV ad, I gag involuntarily. This is probably due to the smug bastard who was our commencement speaker and his vomitaceous (I made a word!) speech that was larded with PR slogans. "A great place to get a life," bleah.
Speaking of the good ol' alma mater and commencement speeches, the dean of arts and sciences there recently got outed for plagiarism in the Chronicle of Higher Education
. Apparently he delivered a commencement speech at UMKC a couple of years ago that lifted large chunks from another commencement address delivered by Cornel West.
Now, I'm not a big fan of plagiarism. It's bad, obviously. However, I do feel that it should be punished equally. I fail to see why Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin have sailed along, merrily ignoring their plagiarism scandals, but genre authors and journalists are excoriated for it. I suppose we hold genre and newspaper writing to a higher standard than the supposedly well-researched "academic" writing. By the same token, why is it OK in history books
but not in a commencement speech by a historian?
Do I think it's bad that the dean did this? Totally. Do I think it's likely that he didn't actually write his own speech, and that the actual plagiarist is some University Advancement stooge with a stick up his ass? Yes. Is the dean going to be brought down by it? Much as I hate to say it, probably yes. Which is a shame, because, though he seems like an officious little prick personally, he's actually been a really good dean. Not to mention that my stepdad's press is directly under said dean, and so faces the possibility of a new, much less friendly ultimate boss. x_x
Anyway, of course the inevitable academic shitstorm is sure to ensue. ( More academic ranting )
Some links about the above brouhaha:
- A blog post by the person who tipped the Chronicle off
- The Chronicle article
(requires a subscription to view)
- An article from IsThatLegal.org on the subject
- An article on the History News Network about the issue
and the dean's response on HNN
- An article in the Kansas City Star...
- ...and in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Whew. Now that my vitriol's spent, here's a funny animated gif
). I post it because I love the word "mesbian." XD