Post Academic

Is this a resource?:

Posted in Absurdities,Surviving Grad School by Arnold Pan on April 20, 2010
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Via The Chronicle of Higher Ed, the latest in interactive entertainment is…thesis writing?  That’s right: must be part of some sinister plot by ProQuest to monopolize all half-baked grad student research on the way to a rush-job dissertation that they will eventually own as well.  You can participate in two ways, either by inputting your own thesis for dis/approval or by judging randomly chosen previously submitted theses, with a “hot” or “not” and/or a comment; there is also a pull-down tab at the top that divides the theses into very broad categories, like “arts, humanities, linguistics” and “engineering”–why linguistics is given such priority is odd.

Since the site appears to be relatively new, there are still a lot of parameters that have yet to be established.  There’s no accessible list of theses, so you just scroll through the samples that pop up on the screen one at a time.  So sometimes you’ll see titles to dissertations or papers, other times you’ll see long,run-on sentence length statements.  And the most common comment I’ve seen so far is, “That is a sentence fragment,” probably offered by proponents of the thesis-statement faction–or they’re just annoying grammar-police types.

Below the jump are a couple of random samples of theses and comments, for your reference: