One problem about living in Hawai’i is that you are about 5 hours behind most mainland readers of SM and in a strange temporal relationship with the rest of planet. As a result I felt a little bad that Ethnography.com scooped us on the recent news about the AAA. I guess SM is turning into the old man of the anthropological blogosphere in the face of more agile contenders.
Like most people who have read the announcement, what bothered me was not so much the AAA’s admission — finally — of its own futility. In fact, its recognition of the dire state of employment for contingent faculty and others was more frank and clear-eyed than I thought the AAA was capable of. No, what really bothered me was the US$400 I just shelled out to join the organization and attend the conference. And what of AnthroSource, the dodo of online content, now that its last keepers have finally gone belly up?
At any rate this is big news — anyone have any responses while the official AAA blog takes its sweet time owning up to these latest developments?