On the Dangers of Blogging: How the Notion of ‘Academic Freedom’ Is a Lie Perpetrated by Liars
Though we would like to believe that academia is a place where ideas can be expressed this is nothing if not a lie. Academia is a tightly regulated police state in which participants, especially non-tenured students and questers for employment, are warned against expressing themselves. For your own employment’s sake at all costs avoid the danger of being either controversial or outspoken.
Academia, as a police state, expects and demands lock step obedience. So, blogging can be dangerous and if your aim or goal is to ‘get that cherry position’ don’t do it. Just quietly go through life never rocking the boat. It’s what you must do.
Leave blogging to those who already have positions or don’t care about the consequences of speaking the truth. Leave blogging to those with nothing to lose and nothing to jeopardize and simply bite your tongue and shush.
Or, Leave blogging to those who assemble little more than a news-feed of stories related to some or other bible theme and are sure never to say anything which might raise an eyebrow or call something improper into question.
Who cares if the general public is allowed to hear the truth about pseudo-archaeology and bad theology and worse biblical interpretation. You have a career to consider.
It’s the way of the world. It’s the path to academic ‘success’. To thine own self be untrue. In the prison cell of silence.