The Glacial Pace of Academia

I just filled out the American Musicological Society’s enhanced profile, a very basic section of the AMS website that apparently took them more than three years (!) to develop.

Compare that to the mere six weeks that it took me to develop the AMS’s most popular website section: Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology.  Also compare it to the fact that I developed a prototype for a possible new website for Malcolm Gladwell in the last day and half!

Naturally, on the new AMS profile system, I filled in as much information as I could:  publications, articles, works in progress, and as many external links as possible — thus excluding “Departmental Web Page.”  Of course, I also had to leave the “Institutions” field blank.

For obvious reasons, I’m looking forward to Malcolm Gladwell’s new book — David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants (Oct. 1, 2013).

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