Re: boiler-plate counter-counter-flame

wilkr (wilkr@INDIANA.EDU)
Thu, 6 Oct 1994 12:25:48 -0500


There are many people who agree with you about the dangerous marriage of
academia and advertising. The latest issue of "Lingua Franca" (my
favorite magazine) has a very critical story about a market-research
company staffed with semioticians. Some think its immoral. Some think its
bad semiotics. Others think its hokum that doesn't work.

Many of us think the future of anthropology (a very small and endangered
tribe of about 5,000) hinges on breaking down the arbitrary divisions
between theory and practice, academic and applied, mind and body. That is
why I got so upset at your post, and cast aspersions right back. I
apologize for an intemperate post, and urge you NOT to go back to
lurking. Writing a dissertation is a miserable and emotional chore, and
everyone needs a wider community to talk too during the process.

Rick Wilk

Richard Wilk Anthropology Dept.
812-855-8162 (voice) Indiana University
812-855-4358 (fax) Bloomington, IN 47405