Jeremiad Jottings

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 - Education - 164 pages
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In his Jeremiad Jottings, Blaise Cronin presents a collection of essays that touch upon a range of issues, spanning from affirmative action to academic dress. Tackling the ever-increasing power that "political correctness" holds in institutions of higher education, Cronin defines its influence by writing op-ed style essays delving into sometimes highly divisive topics from recents news and events. His essays encompass light-hearted topics such as "Mangled Metaphors," pointing to the advertisement industry's use of metaphors, and more popularly serious issues in "Burned Any Good Books Lately?," an essay dealing with book burning. Although easily approachable by the non-scholar, each of Cronin's essays is abundant with references that will lead any reader to the right area of interest if necessary. Cronin's light tone and clear presentation will appeal to many readers.
 

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Contents

AFFIRMATIVE REACTION
1
CAN YOU CELEBRATE DIVERSITY?
7
HE MAY BE RETRO BUT HES NOT DONE SPEWING
11
MOLLYCODDLING MEDIOCRITIES
15
SARTORIAL SHENANIGANS
19
RITES AND WRONGS OF PASSAGE
23
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES
25
VERY WELL ENDOWED
31
EGYPTS WHITE ELEPHANT
77
A VERY SPECIAL ASSOCIATION
81
THE PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL
85
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
91
NAME DROPPING
95
MANGLED METAPHORS
99
THE LANGUAGE OF LEARNING
103
WEASEL WORDS
107

WHAT A LIBRARY IS NOT
35
BAREFACEDLY BAREFOOTED
39
ALL TOO COMMON SCENTS
45
BURNED ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?
49
WOLVES IN SHEEPS CLOTHING
53
COACH CLASS IN ACADEMIA
57
THE TROUBLE WITH TROPHY SPEAKERS
61
FOLLOW THE MONEY
65
BUN LADIES ON BIKES
69
RESPONSIBLE MOI?
73
CARD GAMES
111
VIRTUAL VENTING
119
BURSTING INTO PRINT
123
HOLDING THE CENTER
127
HONORIS CAUSA
137
RESIDENT ALIEN
153
THE TEN BEST THINGS IN AMERICA
157
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
163
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About the author (2004)

Blaise Cronin is dean of the School of Library and Information Science and the Rudy professor of Information Science at Indiana University/Bloomington.