A thought-provoking post by Michael Tomasson (here) discusses the idea that a forthright discussion of the trials and tribulations (and joys!) of life in academia is dangerous to an aspiring academic’s job prospects. Is this true? Should these discussions all be held pseudonymously, so that honesty can’t be held against the participants? Is having a blog attached to the Limit Institute in which people contribute under their real names a dangerous proposition?
It is clear that the economic structures of academia and industry are shifting, and lots of ordinary people are of course caught up in these shifts. Whose interests does it serve if we all keep our heads down and do our work without examining the ramifications of these structural changes?