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Last year Waikato University lecturer Dr. Toni Bruce was funded to do a research on Marc Ellis and the TV show SportsCafe, which concluded that :
Overall, analysis revealed that SportsCafe constructed a discourse about gender that privileged new lad masculinity and reinforced the marginalisation of women, while masking its messages in boyish humour.
I think that Waikato is not funding important researches in science & technology which have higher priorities, instead they just throw money away into irrelevant social researches.
I’m so embarrassed by Waikato I took it off my CV a few years ago. Bloody shame – was once a good university. Now a joke every direction you look at it. I blame Margaret Wilson. Her idea of what a law school should be was pretty much a piss take surely…
And right wingers cry foul that 1/4 of the grants go towards humanities a.k.a arts. At my University I’m pretty sure its almost half who are doing arts degrees. So whats the problem in devoting 96,000 to one of the more “interesting” pieces of research rather than your typical engineering stuff, http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/news/2007/070327a.shtml (that from my University).
So whats the problem in devoting 96,000 to one of the more “interesting” pieces of research…
That’s right Tom. Auckland University was in the top 20 (No. 18th) in ranking of highest academic standards from all the world Universities (a survey in 2005). Next was Otago at 48th, Massey at 62nd, and the rest of NZ Universities were not in the top 100 list. So, I have not been aware of Auckland pouring huge funds into researching about Mark Ellis & SportsCafe or anything less important like that. I am not saying that social sciences researches should be ignored, the government had dramatically cut research funds to universities over recent years and whatever the remaining funds they have should be directed to the more valuable area such as science & technology.
Why are people so shocked by this, remember the grant to study break dancing? Personally, I am excited just thinking about what the next few grants will be given for. Suggestions please… The entreprenuer in me really whats to know.
“Its hardly entreprenual when its a taxpayer funded grant now is it?”
Of course it is! Clearly the government has too much money, this has become a problem to them and they are offering individuals the opportunity to tender schemes to utilise this money in a manner that the government sees as socially, possibly even economically productive, certainly it is not the recipiant of these grants to determine if the schemes meet the criteria but rather that is the responsibility of the Government, or its agencies.
There is nothing non-entreprenurial in meeting the needs of the market simply because it is the Government than created that need.
Suggestions please… The entreprenuer in me really whats to know.
Fund a research to study about the nature of rubbish collections? The findings will help local councils nationwide in optimizing resources to deal with ever increasing rubbish they have to collect weekly.
Another example of the tip of a very large iceberg. This kind of funding of wankerish clap trap is bleeding our resoources out of serious R&D – and we already have a poor tack record of that amongst developed countries. Not to mention that the money wasted on this type of crap could be spent on developing industries to keep the profits generated by our R&D and IP onshore.
Hint for interpreting some of this social research claptrap: Often when articles appear on NZs reasearch in what appears wierd social engineering driven areas, the reserchers often appear to have very impressive credentials and large numbers of overseas collaborators queing up. Why? Let me think – because those overweas countries are too sensible to fund this type of crap of course!
Sociology sometimes has a poor reputation as a discipline and things like this don’t help.
But its not the only waste of money. Someone else has already mentioned the ‘hip-hop tour’
that was supposed to learn how hip-hop arrived here and the role that the pacific islands played in this even though they played no role and we know how hip-hop arrived here – many of us can remember the details.
And here’s another example. Recently I went to a talk by Hilary Rose, visiting canty univeristy, and Steven Rose visitng th ecountry. His visit and their tour around NZ is being paid for by the Ministry of Research Science & Technology (and laso the Royal Society). Their talk included the word ‘biotechnology’ in its title.
We learnt that one of the factors driving the reaction to GE in the UK was BSE!!! Yes!! Really!! Apparently there are people who go to talks with the word ‘biotechnology’ in the title who wouldn’t know this. We also learnt that class isn’t the issue it used to be!! And we learnt that one of the factors driving globalisation was – wait for it – capitalism!! And get this, sometimes free markets are regulated. So they aren’t free. It’s an oxymoron. Like Militry Intelligence (cue laughter)!!!. I had to put up with one and half hours of this sophomoric drivel. A big waste of taxpayer money. Even worse the speakers appeared to be sympathetic to the anti-GE movement which is rather odd given their funders.
i know this blog is long since dead but i would just like to say i’m a bogn and im proud of it. if you people actually got to know some of us rather than instanly hating us for the way we look maybe you’d come up with something more productive to say than various crappy insults aimed at the bogan community. i agree that the study was a ridiculous waste of money, but not because i dont want to know about bogans, just because they could spend their money on more important things. dont use that as a opportunity to attack a group of people just because you either dont like, dont understand, or just plain hate them. grow up