Tag: scholarly economies

Academic work as charity

eli , March 15th, 2017

In so many ways, academic work is hard to recognize as being work in the standard wage-labor sense of that word. It can take place at all hours of day…


Overproduction as mass existentialism

eli , April 21st, 2016

Earlier this year, I observed that there are two kinds of scholarly overproduction, “herd” overproduction and “star” overproduction. I’d like to come back to that line of…


Reading as caching

eli , March 4th, 2016

When you spend a few years writing code, the principles of programming can start to spill over into other parts of your life. Programming has so many of…


Failed research ought to count

eli , January 20th, 2016

Failed research projects ought to count for something! It’s too bad they don’t. They just disappear into nowhere, it seems to me: into filing cabinets, abandoned notebooks, or…


Herd overproduction and star overproduction

eli , January 14th, 2016

I’ve been thinking about certain scholars who have written, for lack of a more precise way of putting it, a lot. The sort of people who seem to…