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Onetime media flunky and movie buff, formerly Michael Blowhard. Now a rootless parasite on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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2 Responses to Linkathon

  1. Blowhard, Esq. says:

    God, the obsession people have with getting into the “right” schools. There are so many colleges out there, with plenty of room for everyone, yet people act like if they don’t get into the perfect school, then their lives are ruined.

    Not to mention that nowadays, opportunities abound for learning — blogs, The Teaching Company, cheap books on every conceivable subject via Amazon, lectures on YouTube, or just emailing recognized experts, many of whom are only too happy to carry on a correspondence with an excited and motivated person.

    But I guess the point of getting into a U.S. News Top 20 school isn’t the learning or intellectual growth, it’s the credential, right? In that respect, I guess I can’t blame them b/c many employers don’t care if you’re intellectually curious and well-read, they just wanna know you have a degree. And the more prestigious the school, the more opportunities one has, I assume.

    I remember reading an article about how it was once very easy to get into Yale Law School — pretty much anyone who applied was admitted. Man, are those days long gone.


  2. People fret ‘way too much about good careers, good schools, etc. Practically speaking, I can understand that some people are going to want to have a degree or two. But, unless you’re fixated on triumphing in the upper middle class (or above), why make too much of it?


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