Robinson on The IRL Fallacy

“When professors, especially professors on the margins, use our voices in ways that matter beyond narrow academic confines and convey uncomfortable truths, we will inevitably be targeted. And because academic institutions are invested in conjuring separate realms for online and real life, they will sometimes fail gloriously at protecting our right to academic freedom, freedom of expression, and even physical safety…

“Online work, including blogging, is gratifying and life saving and beautiful in ways that increasingly elusive job security at institutions concerned with the availability of leather seating in luxury dorms is not. It is also labor for which we should be formally rewarded, because there is no divide between work done online and in real life. There is only Beyoncé. Sasha Fierce does not exist.”

Source: Zandria Robinson – The IRL Fallacy – Contexts

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