You Better Work

November 25, 2013 § 1 Comment

As it turns out, having a real job takes some getting used to. I really like it –the work is consistent, I like the schedule, and what I’m working on is interesting– but there are certain things that feel a bit strange, like “remembering to clock in” and “not bringing the work home with me.” Apparently there are laws in place that protect me from overworking, and require that I am in fact compensated for my labor. Which is weird because I’m an academic; I’m not supposed to get paid for the things I do! I’m supposed to volunteer my time and energy because doing things for others, for free, will be “good for my career,” someday. Over time, I suppose I will get used to drawing a regular paycheck, and not being exploited. But that doesn’t mean I won’t feel weird and somewhat guilty (!) for doing so. (what has the academic world DONE to me??)

I am, in other news, pushing forward on my Here Comes Honey Boo Boo chapter, which I’m submitting to an edited volume on antifans and haters. This weekend I provided a fuller AN HISTORICAL account of TLC’s exploitainment lineup, and sniffed around for representative .gifs illustrating the ambiguous wait-are-you-laughing-at-or-laughing-with anti/fan engagement that surrounds the show. Here’s the image I ended up going with, from Tumblr user conversationalconversations:

Riddle me this.

Anyway It’s been a while since I’ve worked on this chapter, and I’m enjoying myself, especially the part about how I’m pushing against the traditional framing of “antifan,” which is far too rigid for my taste.

ps TEDx talk went great! I will upload as soon as the video is available.

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