From anthropologist/journalist Sarah Kendzior on Savage Minds.
"Graduate students live in constant fear. Some of this fear is
justified, like the fear of not finding a job. But the fear of
unemployment leads to a host of other fears, and you end up with a
climate of conformity, timidity, and sycophantic emulation. Intellectual
inquiry is suppressed as 'unmarketable', interdisciplinary research is
marked as disloyal, public engagement is decried as 'unserious', and
critical views are written anonymously lest a search committee find
them. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by the Academic
"The cult mentality of academia not only curtails intellectual
freedom, but hurts graduate students in a personal way. They internalize
systemic failure as individual failure, in part because they have
sacrificed their own beliefs and ideas to placate market values. The
irony is that an academic market this corrupt and over-saturated has no
values. Do not sacrifice your integrity to a lottery — even if you are
among the few who can afford to buy tickets until you win."