Going Postal A psychoanalytic reading of social media and the death drive

This book review is a mostly not wrong discussion of why I have moved my tweetlike posting off facebook to a privately hosted wordpress instance – to serve a “scripturient” addiction to writing and sharing without also feeding the rapacious machine, which transforms the desire for connection into a death wish. I don’t think he has it exactly right, but he’s definitely onto something, and more nuanced than most anti-social-media thinkpieces. Perhaps someday I will read the book!

Nature: Postdocs in Crisis

Nature: Postdocs in Crisis

The pandemic has worsened the plight of postdoctoral researchers. Funders need to be offering more than moral support.

I am posting this because I am a post-doc right now, but this is also a major and worsening problem for graduate students and other contingent scholars.