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08 Dec 12:21

That Same Sort of Job

I was reading this interesting commentary on the bizarre meltdown of The New Republic, when something struck me. Megan McArdle is talking here about how hard it can be to manage journalists:

Both journalists and non-journalists usually fail to understand just how weirdly different media companies are from other sorts of firms, which means they don't understand that experience with one side gives you virtually zero insight into how the other kind works. . .

. . .Prominent among the unique challenges of the media manager: the frequent tension between the actions that build your reputation and audience, and those that monetize it; the difficulty of getting creative types to produce great stuff on demand; the astonishing amount of autonomy that journalists need, because it's impossible to write hard guidelines, and too expensive to supervise long hours of reporting and typing; the fact that great writers are frequently terrible managers and editors, which screws up the normal management pyramid; the simultaneous need for speed and accuracy; the fact that media employment selects for a cluster of personality traits that resists closer management;. . .

All you have to do is substitute "scientist" or "researcher" for every mention of "journalist" or "writer" in there. Sounds pretty familiar, doesn't it?

21 Jul 00:00

Coevolution: Puff Pollination in Tropical Flowers

by Joan Edwards
16 Jan 12:53

今週末は

by hassie500
3連休だけど、普段通り?仕事をすることに
間に合わない。。。

結晶作りもそうだけど、いろいろ。
時間を切られて仕事をするということはそう言うことではないけど、時間厳守していかないとな。
先に論文を出されると、出せなくなるわけだし、これまで費やしてきた時間も無駄になる訳だし、絶対負けたくないので。natureに投稿するつもりだったものがnsmbに時間切れのために投稿するとなれば、大ショックだよな。。。最初からnsmbというのとは訳が違うわけだし。


それに新年いきなりの3連休なので、別に。。。ってことだし。

さらに、静かなところでリラックスしながら楽しんで仕事をしたい訳だし。



ただ次のオフィシャルな3連休はメモリアルなのよな。

メモリアルまでには論文を投稿していたい。