And now a brief thought about the University

David Parry bio photo By David Parry

This morning on Twitter I engaged in a brief dialogue about the University and the ethics of doing research work outside the University context (i.e. in corporate America). This was prompted by danah boyd’s explanation of why she works for Microsoft. I might have much more to say about this later, but for those who argue that the University is an ethically superior institution I offer the following observation:

Whatever the activities of certain moral individuals, the University system of research and teaching continued to function without significant interruption in Germany under the Third Reich . . . . the capacity of the University structure to adapt itself to Nazism should give us pause. -Bill Readings, University in Ruins