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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

I Envy the Techies

I’m reading Disrupted by Dan Lyons and loving it. He’s ridiculing the “peppy, effervescent, relentlessly positive, incredibly hubristic and overconfident attitude” at techy startups, and I feel a pang of envy. I’m in a profession where everything is great except for the environment of apocalyptic, tragic, dejected gloominess that is entirely divorced from reality. If only it got a bit more fashionable to be peppy and effervescent, I’d be very happy.

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5 thoughts on “I Envy the Techies

  1. David Bellamy on said:

    In my experience, it has always been “fashionable to be peppy and effervescent” in my field. Maybe people who are not temperamentally like this tend not to go into pure mathematics.

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  2. Happy New Year, dear daughter! We love you!

    Mom, Dad

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  3. Happy New Year!

    I thought being peppy and effervescent was a very American (and definitely Midwestern/protestant) thing. I feel people around here consider it rude to be anything but unfailingly chipper 24/7. Maybe I should befriend some folks in the humanities if there’s some chance of refreshing gloominess there! 🙂

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