Comments on: Call the Pope, it’s happened again! History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:48:59 +0000 hourly 1 By: Historiann Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:50:02 +0000 Yikes! This is exactly what I dread about it. TMI, all the way around.

By: Professor Zero Thu, 12 Mar 2009 00:31:05 +0000 OMG Historiann I am about get nauseated about Facebook. I went on it to say something to a community group I’m in. What do I find but that my dean is a FB friend of my neighbor. Meaning that my dean is on FB. Ewwww he’s too old for this, is my reaction. And, ewwww there are faculty who are even FB friends with him and guaranteed they do not hang out. Too much connectedness, I say. Panopticon.

By: Rad Readr Fri, 06 Mar 2009 18:39:51 +0000 I hear you, Professor Zero, on the issue of living in a place where you run into students and colleauges at the store, restaurants, gym, etc. I used to live in a college town, and that has its challenges. As I used to say in that quaint little place, why get a cell phone when if I want to speak to someone I can just open the window and stick out my head?

By: Liz2 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 04:31:48 +0000 You can always make the classroom rule – if a student’s phone rings during class, the professor gets to answer it. Might cut down on those things.

By: The_Myth Thu, 05 Mar 2009 03:28:22 +0000 Amen, Professor Zero.

I too had a friend who demanded I get a cell phone so he could alter plans on me at the last minute. He also bitched every time I was late but didn’t call to tell him ahead of time (no cell service underground on the subway…). He also rarely called me to to tell me he was running late.

He was a hypocrite, and I am glad to be rid of him.

By: Professor Zero Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:06:48 +0000 P.P.S. Sorry about hogging this thread … I do not know why it is I have so much to rant about on these issues … well yes I do, it is that I am tired of being told by various people that I need to be constantly available by cell phone and that I need to Tweet.

By: Professor Zero Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:03:58 +0000 P.S. It is so interesting how different peoples’ habits are. To reconnect with people or talk to friends in other places I’ve always used letters, phone, and e-mail, and I consider Facebook too public a space for those things. I’ve always thought of FB more as a bulletin board or virtual meeting space, and I *think* that’s what it was originally designed to be.

I’m also realizing what a misanthrope I am. All my academic friends elsewhere have always talked about keeping boundaries with students, joining private gyms so as not to see them at the university gym, etc., etc., but my students are everywhere. Often I meet them first as a person in the community and only later in my classes.

A student in a class, you only see 3 hours a week for 15 weeks, but a colleague you see much more than that for much longer. They are the ones I find it more invasive to run into at the gym, grocery store, etc. Also, students if you run into them at a concert or something do not insist upon talking shop, but faculty do. So I am misanthropic about interfacing with *them* after hours (except some of them, and some faculty blogs).

(Do I sound horribly immature? Maybe it will make more sense if I explain that a student here is as often as not someone in their late 20s or older with a job, kids, and a mortgage. A lot of faculty are the same age but don’t have as much adult type experience.)

By: Professor Zero Wed, 04 Mar 2009 23:19:04 +0000 The other thing I hate about cell phones is that people think they can use them to change plans at the last minute.

Like the time I was supposed to meet a friend and her friends she was dying for me to meet at Snug Harbor, a place I never go and wouldn’t.

This had been planned ahead but was then reconfirmed by phone as I was driving over Lake Pontchartrain (not far from the place).

So I get to this club I wouldn’t choose, I pay the cover, and these people stand me up.

Next day it turns out my cell phone tower wasn’t getting coverage, so they couldn’t get in touch with me to say they’d had a change of plans.

What I’d have done: sent at least one person to grab [me] out of Snug Harbor.

What I thought of this: these people are not very interested in seeing me, so it is the last time I go out of my way to accept an invitation from them.

What they told me in anger: that I had snubbed them by not having better coverage on my cell phone.

What my mother taught me: if social plans are serious they are made ahead and are not changed – and *certainly* not if everyone isn’t notified.

By: Susan Wed, 04 Mar 2009 22:21:27 +0000 I love my iphone. That said, I don’t talk on the phone when I’m talking to people. I almost never text. And I don’t give many people my cell phone number — it exists to use when I’m not at home. I can see the point of getting rid of a land line, but then the land line is the basic phone and I can get away from it. (If I wanted to I could forward calls to my cell, but why?)

I’m big on boundaries. I don’t give students my cell phone number or my home phone number. I’d have to totally change the (very limited) way I use facebook if I used it for class. Right now, it has been nice to reconnect with people, or to stay in touch with friends in other places.

By: Indyanna Wed, 04 Mar 2009 21:02:42 +0000 With a just received offer from Verizon on a discount blackberry “storm,” they’ll have to pry my cold dead fingers off the text messa… No wait, what am I thinking?

What I’m waiting for is the arrival of defensive equipment that will let people rein in out of control phone talkers in confined public places. I even fantasize about branding them: “Diss-Connect” [TM]; “Dial-em-Down” [TM]; and, for the commuter train, the “Rolling Tunnel” [TM].

I especially think they should outlaw the rude behavior of going up to a cashier or other retail interface person and thrusting out a wad of bills while saying things like “then what did she say?…”