Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Future of the Humanities

This video made the rounds last week on Facebook.  I'm sharing it here for those of you who may have missed it (or who want to watch it again).  It offers a tragicomic glimpse into the cynicism that pervades the academic humanities these days -- a result of poor job prospects for many, limited funding, and diminishing respect within and beyond higher education.  It's biting, but for exactly the reasons I wish it were not.

1 comment:

Madalina said...

As a current undergraduate philosophy student who dreams of pursuing a PhD, this video made me laugh while feeling all my fears and anxieties screaming in the background.
She also sounds a bit like one of my philosophy teachers, who said something on the lines that I shouldn't fear if I am good enough or not, but rather if I am ready to go through all the difficulties of getting a job at the end of my PhD.