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Is it me.. (see how easily I turn this blog into a cheap Terry Wogan reference)

Or amongst the collective hypocrisy, confusion and general conflating of forty or fifty years of first, second and third wave feminism that followed the unveiling of Dr. Brooke Magnanti’s other life as Belle De Jour, nobody has dwelt on what this scenario says about our cultural commitment to education, properly funded education, in the 21st Century. We wring our hands at the idea that we’re letting a generation down who are then turning into hood-wearing lurkers on street corners, that we need to sustain education beyond 16, to 18 and into University and further to excel as a nation, that to stand on the world stage we need more graduates, more postgraduates – a knowledge economy. Despite the financial cost (at a time when we can apparently afford to sustain two foreign wars, a nuclear programme that’s beyond a joke, and a bailout of the banking sector that exposed capitalism as a colossal gag at our expense), more and more parents are committing to the idea of higher education. Graduates are returning years later, self-funding their way through a postgraduate programme that promises a higher qualification and a wider perspective.

But if you want to pursue that further, if you want a doctorate, even in the sciences (where a model of funded research is far more established than in the arts), then maybe the question we should be asking is not whether what Dr. Magnanti did was morally right, but why she had to do it at all.

Elsewhere – Dr. Dan Pinchbeck (funded by the AHRC)’s Half-Life 2 mod ‘Dear Esther’, part of thechineseroom wins prizes, and plays with the space between computer games and story. Edge article, AHRC release.


One comment for “Ask a difficult question”

  1. A pertinent and interesting question, Mr Bond.

    Personally, I reckon she was just gagging for it.

    Posted by Mongo | November 20, 2009, 11:33 am

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