By Michael O'Sullivan
The photo of the collage is tarnished: this ebook examines how contemporary philosophies of schooling, new readings of its economics, new applied sciences affecting study and entry, and modern novelists' representations of college lifestyles all describe an international college that has given up on its promise of better academic equality.
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Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt extend this argument by claiming that if knowledge, information, and “communication [have] increasingly become the fabric of production” then the control over “networks of communication becomes an ever more central issue for political struggle” (in Hall 2008, 5). ” Thomas Piketty argues, in his proposal for greater equality, that “policies to encourage broader access to universities are indispensable and crucial in the long run, in the United States and elsewhere” (2014, 314).
For Henry, it produces ennui and ennui is “precisely the affective disposition in which unemployed energy reveals itself to itself” (la barbarie, 2004, 191). We are witnessing the trickle-down effects of these educational philosophies. These states of tension, anxiety, and ennui are integral to what Zygmunt Bauman calls our society’s transformation of identity into a “task” and to the risk that is ever-present in our promotion of individualization. However, the academic industry may indeed be so caught up in the financing of its corporate model of educationl management that it has lost sight of how it is enforcing and developing these “practices of barbarism”.
For Wallace, it has led to generations of US students who have “given themselves away to an ambitious competitive pursuit” to the extent that the anti-hero of Infinite Jest, a character named Hal, ends up “[l]ike most North Americans of his generation” knowing “way less about why he feels certain ways about the objects and pursuits he’s devoted to than he does about the objects and pursuits themselves” (156). Feelings have been eradicated, as Michel Henry suggests, by this murder machine system of education, to borrow a phrase from Pádraig Pearse.
Academic Barbarism, Universities and Inequality by Michael O'Sullivan