work gripe #500
researchers and academics are the worst. Your published accolades don’t mean dick if you can’t tell me in plain english what you’ve done, what you continue to do and how I can help you promote it to a lay audience.
I don’t care how elitist you want to be in among your own circles, wanking each other off but if you can’t explain to the person on the street what you’re doing, what is the point of you?
It gets beaten out of us at uni. MOAR FORMAL ACADEMIC LANGUAGE is the first, last, and several of the middle things that my supervisor says to me per meeting.
Me: it is just a draft! I will make it difficult to read LATER.
Being able to communicate complex ideas clearly is the mark of a good academic I think, and it can be difficult. In conversation I tend to just say that I’m writing about libraries because I worry that people will be bored shitless after three seconds of me explaining. Because I am, by other people’s theses.