Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Am I an Endangered Species?

From a great article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Thomas H. Benton makes the observation:
The business culture that dominates today's museums has no room for the eccentricities of introverted curators
Yikes, I'm doomed! My favorite part:
Public-relations specialists "attempted to bring out the scruffy old scientists from their hidden redoubts. Their elbow patches were confiscated. Corporate culture had arrived."
They can have my elbow patches when the pry them from my cold, dead fingers.

Hat tip: Steve
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At 16:07, Blogger cedrorum said...

Good article. One of my favorite things to do was take the kid I was in the Big Brother program with to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. The line in the article about "you were only supposed to whisper" reminded of seeing the Gary Larson exhibit in one of the halls at the LA NHM. It was great, because even though it was probably ok to laugh out loud, everyone was trying to silence themselves while laughing because of where they were.

 
At 17:40, Blogger Lemuel said...

Somehow we must convince the powers that be that butterflies love elbow patches.

 
At 20:00, Blogger Doug Taron said...

cedrorum- 1. Why am I not surprised that you were a Big Brother and 2. Why am I not surprised that you liked the Gary Larson exhibit.

lem- The butterflies rarely see me in a tweed jacket. Perfect for the office, totally impractical for the field.

 
At 22:59, Blogger Ur-spo said...

pishposh to this nonsense
It was eccentric scientists and their no spectacle museums that got me interested in science.

The 'let's make a museum a video game' approach is nauseating.

 
At 09:13, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

If this economy gets any worse I'll be beyond "endangered!"

 
At 17:01, Blogger Roy said...

Hey Doug,

(Curator). The origin of the word from late middle English denotes an ecclesiastical Pastor
( Heaven forbid!!)

 
At 20:03, Anonymous pablo said...

I like you just the way you are!

 
At 07:25, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Spo- "The 'let's make a museum a video game' approach is nauseating."

Your preaching to the choir on that one. I couldn't agree more.

Dave- **sigh** Too true.

Roy- I had no idea that's how the words curator and curate are related. It makes sense, a lot of early collectors were clergymen, especially in Britain.

pablo- Thanks.

 
At 23:34, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I wouldn't worry too much Doug, you are only an "endangered species" on some peoples lists, not people like me who appreciate your work. So please keep the patches a while longer. :)

 

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