English: Logo of the National Science Foundati...

English: Logo of the National Science Foundation (NSF). For NSF logo information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/policies/logos.jsp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


While I am very sure that my style would quickly fall under the rubric of those who try to avoid criticism by a kind of jargony bad writing, I do agree with many points being made here.


The loss of NSF funding is a loss for American political science and for Americans. But it is understandable that most Americans do not recognise the significance of this loss. Academia rewards social scientists who prohibit the spread of knowledge more than those who share it. From paywalls to jargon to a tacit moratorium on social media, academics build careers through public disengagement. They should not be surprised when the public then fails to see the relevance of their work.

via Academic funding and the public interest: The death of political science – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.




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