So "PhDs" is trending because Nate Silver is being an ass. As someone with a PhD in modern Russian history who didn't get a tenure-track job in the field because there basically aren't any these days, yeah, I can get annoyed at people who denigrate markers of expertise.
Maybe ol' Nate should take a moment to think about how irresponsible it is for someone with his prominence to add fuel to the fire of American anti-intellectualism, which is one factor that led to rise of the corporatized university in which I could find only precarious work.
Since I was going to be precarious anyway, I decided to become a freelance writer. But most people's experience of getting a PhD these days is pretty humbling and even heartbreaking. And yes, the training emphasizes being aware of the limits of one's own knowledge.
Make no mistake, there are indeed big egos in academia, and there are PhDs who are terrible people. But they tend to be the established ones, especially white men, because, let's be honest, they can get away with it. There are also many established, tenured profs who are great.
But as a precarious PhD, or what I sometimes refer to as one of the academy's throwaway PhDs, I find Nate's tweet particularly offensive. There are a whole lot of us out here reckoning with seeing a social contract we bought into ripped up in front of us, just trying to get by.

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