Over the past year, there's been a minor rage storm on the internet (and oh yeah, in print, I guess) about the widening gulf between academic haves and have-nots. One theme that's come up over and over again is the unexamined privilege of the tenured few who run academia (see for example this post, and more importantly this follow-up).
I'm on the side of the ragers, but I think many of them don't realize that they're part of a different "one per cent" when it comes to information. I no longer have an academic position, so I can't (legally) access a lot of the research literature on cancer, dementia, heart disease, or less important topics like how to teach programming. What I can get costs me more: more time searching, more sweat cross-referencing things because I'm shut out of systems that could do it with a single click, and so on. It's a less important axis of inequality than income and power, but it directly affects many more people, and if the first is unjust, then so is the second.comments powered by Disqus