Friday, November 23, 2012

And the Winner Is.....



DRUM ROLL, please (no, not that Drum): the correct answer to the competition to spot the genuine,authentic Aboriginal representative on the ABC Advisory Board is Dr Patrick Bradbery, the fellow with the bush beard any casual observer, if not otherwise alerted, might take just as easily as an indication of rabbinical lineage. Perhaps the Charles Stuart University academic moonlights as a mohel who prefers to perform his sacred duties with a sharp stone or broken bottle. In this age of multicultural melding, who can tell?



What we do know is that Dr Bradbery counsels the ABC about its operations and content and, as the author of many tracts and little tomes about the art of learning, that he is especially qualified to help chart the broadcaster’s course. One of his papers, “Arcane Diversity: Is It More Important than the Superficially Obvious?”, seems particularly germane:


When the word diversity is mentioned in contemporary discourse, it evokes concepts like age, race, gender, religious expression, marital status and sexual preferences. While these are undoubtedly important markers of diversity, they are but the more or less obvious indicators that can lead to unproductive stereotyping. Hidden below the surface is a vast ocean of diversity that is harder to detect and consequently often ignored. Just a few examples of this diversity include: access to resources; knowledge; skills; physical health; emotional health; mental health; learning; development; personality; wealth; motives; intents; belief systems; and intelligence. This paper explores just a small part of that ocean in an attempt to bring to the surface one of the vital dimensions of understanding and responding to diversity. That part is that of learning and development. The paper is based on a transcendental phenomenological study of learning and development carried out by the author as a part of his doctoral studies. The conclusion drawn is that facing the endemic challenge of diversity of outcomes, which defies the best intentions of individuals and nations, will benefit from acknowledging, detecting and responding to diversity in learning and development and similar arcane characteristics of the community.
Dr Bradbery is quite right about that. Some strains of diversity are very hard to recognise. Very hard, indeed.

15 comments:

  1. I was right. Lazy shaver = potential rent seeker.

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    1. His publisher, Common Ground, smells to me like a vanity publisher. Or as close as you can get to it while pretending to be a university imprint.

      "Common Ground Journals are offered on a Hybrid Open Access model. This is a new development in scholarly publishing, increasingly offered by both university presses and well-known commercial publishers.

      Hybrid Open Access means that some articles are available only to subscribers, while others are made available at no charge to anyone searching the web. Authors pay an additional fee for the open access option. They may do this because open access is a requirement of their research funding agency. Or they may do it so that non-subscribers can access their article for free. There are still considerable benefits for paying subscribers, because they can access all articles in the journal, from both current and past volumes, without any restrictions. But making your paper available at no charge increases its visibility and accessibility and thus potential readership."

      Pedro of Adelaide

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  2. "Scared" duties looks both wrong and right.

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    1. Thanks for spotting the typo, Tony. It has been fixed.

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  3. So in other words Doctor B, try to be nice to people.
    "transcendental phenomenological study of learning". Holy shit.

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    1. The Old and Unimproved DaveNovember 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      His tongue must've got in the way of his eyetooth, so he couldn't see what he was saying.

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  4. There once was a 'prize' for the worse types of essay, phrases and clauses. The website of denisdutton -called "The Bad Writing Contest")
    Bunyip has unearthed a certain winner!

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  5. The extract from Dr Bradbery's paper makes me suspect he is advocating that individuals no longer apply any standards of judgement to other people.

    Does this mean if I refuse to employ someone who is of low intelligence, uncertain physical, emotional and mental health and holds irrational belief systems, that I am guilty of not embracing 'diversity'?

    "The conclusion drawn is that facing the endemic challenge of diversity of outcomes, which defies the best intentions of individuals and nations, will benefit from acknowledging, detecting and responding to diversity in learning and development and similar arcane characteristics of the community."

    Can anyone tell me what the hell that means? But I guess we should also embrace diversity in the form of questionable academic work.

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    1. It means 'try to be nice to people'. The man's a genius.

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    2. Well Nonny I just ran that rather long sentence past a good friend who is an English teacher with a Doctorate conferred for some feindish practice of parting participles from something else. His response would not be accepted by the Bunyip but a translation would read something like - "if some undergraduate wanker put that in a paper submitted for my assessment it would be a big FAIL. It is nonsensical" When pressed for a reasonable translation of said sentence he could not offer one of any sense. He feels that Dr B is a victim of failing to subscribe to an arcane idea called learning. If I knew what he meant I might agree with him but in the meantime I'll subscribe to the Wee Billy Shorten [also known as Bread Line Bill] approach of "I don't know what he said but I agree with it"

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  6. Maybe, after a millenium or so, Dr Bradbery et. al. will realise that "diversity" is so pervasive that every human being is a unique individual. Then will follow the arduous intellectual task of devising a social/economic/legal/governmental system which caters adequately for all this diversity. Eventually, some time around the year 5,000 AD, the "progressive" element in society will announce the ground breaking development of a civil libertarian, free market oriented, rule of law based philosophy of public policy.

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  7. Regarding writing styles:

    See here: http://www.sewallspoint.com/buzzphrase_generator.htm

    for a clue.

    I remember playing these games at uni. back in the mid 1970's.

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  8. Professor, the sheila with the red jacket seated in the front row is Charmaine Foley. I originally picked her as the token aborigine but was wrong it seems but reasonably close... Being a bit miffed I decided to research her some more. Seems she has a colourful past as the Sunshine Coast Daily has revealed:

    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/its-easy-as-abc/1298413/

    "A BUSINESSWOMAN who left up to 35 people unemployed and a gigantic tax bill in her wake is now a member of the prestigious ABC advisory council.

    Charmaine Foley, a former Maroochy councillor and 2004 mayoral contender, is still described by the government-funded broadcaster as "CEO of Interactive Community Planning and works with many Aboriginal communities throughout Australia, specialising in cultural heritage management".

    Mrs Foley faced the Federal Court after the ATO asked auditors Deloitte to investigate Interactive Community Planning for not paying a $900,000 tax bill.

    The company was wound up on October 13 last year, almost two months before Mrs Foley was appointed to the ABC role....Mrs Foley said it "was up to the ABC" to say if her appointment was appropriate."

    Seems it was....

    I'm now to frightened to research the rest of the ABC Advisory gang should I find all sorts of unsavory details in their collective closets. The ABC sure know how to pick 'em!

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  9. Prof,

    How does the work of Husserl, Heidegger and Hegel relate to left wing minority politics? It's all commie-fascist bullshit. Transcendental Phenomenology! That is as far removed from the realities of the underclass as you can possibly get. It's pure humbug.

    Turtle of WA

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  10. Deep down, I think he's referring to individuality. We used to be taught that individuality and its expression created a vibrant society. I think once he gets past some of them big words, he'll rediscover this truth.

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