- What I mean when I say "patriarchy": A set of socially maintained systems, values, and ideologies which perpetuate arbitrary and outdated ideas about gender and human sexuality, encompassing social phenomena like homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.
- What people THINK I mean when I say "patriarchy": A secret brotherhood that meets together once a month to discuss how best to oppress women, and are in control of all of the world's governments.
Likewise, the current opposition to massive open online courses (or MOOCs) has nothing to do with technophobia. Rather, it is driven by concerns about our ability to imagine and defend a future where education is still seen as a public good that is not fully reducible to market relations. Silicon Valley – and many neoliberals – see the university as a giant waste of resources. The schooling is too long, too expensive, and promotes all sorts of dangerous (read: useless) ideas that are not needed in the marketplace. And the skills that you do need – well, those you can get online, via a series of videos. Most universities would probably not fail immediately. Many of them, having fallen for the blurry MOOC vision, will stay afloat and embrace self-denial. But for how long? We know what the unhealthy fascination with pageviews has done to the quality of journalism; do we want the same fate to befall education? If so, you can wave goodbye to courses on Latin or the history of astronomy; your only choices would be law, engineering and finance.
tfw this year’s round of student protests is so ritualistic and contained that i started fantasizing about the cops beating us into action like last time