A friend linked me this piece on "Invasion of the Aca-zombies" from The Australian.
Joseph Gora and Andrew Whelan begin with a curious observation of the current state of academia: "Universities are increasingly populated by the undead: a listless population of academics, managers, administrators and students, all shuffling to the beat of the corporatist drum." Happily, they also identify a resistance: "A tutorial here, textbook marginalia there, crack squads of indomitable postgrads, secretive cells of idealistic academics and even the odd public intellectual: all scattered signs that intelligent life persists."
Still, where's Lizzy Bennet when you need her?
Whelan, Chris Moore and Ruth Walker are putting together a book on the subject. The CFP can be found on their website.
One of my colleagues also blogged about this.
On a brighter note, I recently downloaded the iPad app for Jasper Fforde's new book, The Last Dragonslayer. Perhaps that's what we need in academia? More slayers...