Fired up or wired up?

March 31, 2006

I was wondering whether Terry Eagleton in "Your thoughts are no longer worth a penny" (March 10) was using his tongue (in cheek) or reflecting while scratching his head with a rusty razor? Is the professor teaching his students to ignore the internet (among other novelties such as the phone)?

Most of us are not keen to return to the Stone Age. Instead of protesting as a way of life, we need to harness goodwill, energy and creativity to try to forge a sustainable future for all.

Moshe Gerstenhaber London I entirely agree with Terry Eagleton but don't have his cultural independence. I don't know how his students contact him (mine usually use e-mail), and any attempt to talk down the latest whizzy form of communication is dismissed as old-fashioned.

To create my course descriptions I have to learn a complicated system of internet styles - otherwise my department officers won't accept them. I would like to deal with literary matters - but they are very much secondary to the electronic form of communicating them.

David Nokes

King's College London

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Academic Director (Primary) ST MARYS UNIVERSITY, TWICKENHAM
Vice-Chancellor MASSEY UNIVERSITY
Operations Support Administrator CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT

Most Commented

Elderly woman looking up at sky

A recent paper claims that the quality of researchers declines with age. Five senior scientists consider the data and how they’ve contributed through the years

A keyboard with a 'donate' key

Richard Budd mulls the logic of giving money to your alma mater

Woman tearing up I can't sign

Schools and universities are increasingly looking at how improving personalities can boost social mobility. But in doing so, they may be forced to choose between teaching what is helpful, and what is true, says David Matthews

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration 19 May 2016

Tim Blackman’s vision of higher education for the 21st century is one in which students of varying abilities learn successfully together

Otto illustration (5 May 2016)

Craig Brandist on the proletarianisation of a profession and how it leads to behaviours that could hobble higher education