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@stonefruit I get that. I completely do. I would feel awful and crappy if some drive-by troll stopped by to shit on me, and even more crappy if people started taking their side. So on that note, this has been eating at me for the past few days and I wanted to apologize.
When I said I'm a fan of Petersen's work, I mean I really, really like her work -- like, "excitedly talk about this one piece she wrote at social gatherings and maybe come off overenthusiastic but it was just that awesome" level. And I also know how much it sucks to have The Internet Peanut Gallery judging your every life and work choice. (One of my biggest pet peeves, actually, is people who want to tell other people how they should and should not make money, as if that's going to do anything but heap a whole lot of guilt freely.) So that said, sometimes I get really caught up in media bullshit and, maybe relatedly and maybe totally not, have a hard time sometimes gauging what's appropriate to say when and what's not, and this was not. I feel like it might have come off hurtful, which was completely not my intention but also my fault, and I apologize for that.
@HeyThatsMyBike Not to mention "she had to have known that publishing with a trade press would doom her chances at getting an academic job" isn't exactly the ringing endorsement of the meritocracy of the academy that one could hope for.
@JonnyFoy Gross. She very explicitly says that her pieces here are not the same as the "original scholarly research" she has published in academic journals. Also, you aren't on her dissertation committee nor on any of her academic search committees, so I'm not sure why you're breaking down her "mainstream" writing for us anyway.
But - AHP - with potential coworkers like this guy around I cannot BELIEVE you're stepping away from academia!
@katherine There are a lot of good reasons to excoriate Buzzfeed (taking on a "no haters" editorial policy when deontological journalistic ethics are already shitty enough is what gets me personally) but yeah, none of them are espoused in that OP. Luckily we can ignore it!
I mean, good for AHP. She's a good writer and I hope that Buzzfeed proves worthy of her. There are no jobs that people can be too good to do, only employers that can be unworthy of their staff. Shame on them, tho, that they couldn't invent an editorial position for her. They've got a fucking billion, what's one more?
@katherine look I just maintain that it is demeaning and insulting to read this piece, in which AHP very thoughtfully and cogently explains her decision to leave academia for Buzzfeed, and say "I don't know you but you're wrong." All while professing ignorance of both AHP and "the website she formerly wrote for," WHICH HI HELLO IS THE ONE YOU ARE WRITING THIS COMMENT ON.
I suspect this person did not, in fact, read the whole interview, but, you know, details.
@stonefruit oh my god you are wonderful. we'll see what we can do to ease yr pain.
@cameralucida Does it have to be a concern troll, though? I like a lot of Petersen's work, here and elsewhere, but Buzzfeed... does have very poorly formulated "articles." That's their business model, fund big-name journalists with a lot of 8 Jurassic Park GIFs About The Egyptian Revolution. And even the big-name journalists they hire to do long-form stuff don't always fare well. Mark Duffy of Copyranter got fired (with a "CUTE" sticker on the severance papers) for essentially writing a Copyranter post about the wrong advertiser. Natasha Vargas-Cooper recently spoke out about her experiences, which were even less positive (highlights: not paying her, telling her she wouldn't be considered for a full-time job if she tweeted "mean things about Huma Abedin," cutting her pay rate and pieces per month then criticizing her when she decided to make up the difference by freelancing elsewhere): http://buzzfeedtheories.tumblr.com/post/71207298187/the-future-of-journalism-in-14-tweets
I mean, academia is no employment wonderland either, I'm never going to fault a writer for taking a paid job because those generally don't exist much anymore, I'm sure a lot of thought went into the decision, and if someone offered you a position at Buzzfeed tomorrow instead of whatever you're doing now you might consider it too. But let's not call someone a "concern troll" and "trashing people" when what they're really trashing is the system. You can love someone's writing while criticizing the system at the same time.
That's great for AHP, but does anyone wonder about this pushing the writers/journalists even farther down the totem pole than we already are? More and more PhDs (in STEM, humanities, policy, etc.) are turning away from academia and using their knowledge for editorial/communications work. It's great that they are sharing such a wealth of information and perspective with everyday readers, but it also makes writing more specialized while slowly raising the bar for generalists who have been working toward a writing career all along.
Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself, but it is a bit worrisome.
HOLD ON JUST ONE MINUTE HERE. Does this mean that AHP and Simone aren't going to finish the Lilith Fair series? Am I to remain deprived of a critical analysis of The Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Catie Curtis, etc?
I mean, good for you AHP and this is awesome, but I am also feeling bereft. ::sniff::
OMG, I'm all in a tizzy! Sad no more AHP here, but Brooklyn!! Does this mean AHP is joining our NYC Hairpin Book Club? What about our Facebook group?! THE POSSIBILITIES!!