And I still dislike the Boiceans, and the academic advisers, because they are about conformity.
I think I am onto something with this. Everyone knows how to be “productive” and if they aren’t, it is a question of circumstances or techniques, not discipline or character.
Academic advice isn’t academic advice–it’s an exhortation to conformity and a way of shaming people for originality or creativity.
That means it’s deceptive, coercive, manipulative. Invasive and condescending, while it also appears to hold something of actual value, the true secret, in reserve.
Perhaps it is that impossible academic advice is what is given women and minorities, and collegiality is what is given men.