Sunday, November 20, 2011

PR And The University-Industrial Complex

Having spent lots of time in and around academia, I will say that there's a fundamental flaw, or at least thorn, in the model. The problem is that members of The Academy are committed to certain values, including a degree of honesty, whether or not they always live up to them, but of course The Academy is also made up of institutions with PR people and marketing departments and lawyers. That is, advertising and damage control, areas where The Truth is not necessarily a high priority. These worlds can collide. Also, too, militarized police forces.