The Apocalypse as Personal Vindication


Last month, a small herd of bison was running along a highway in Yellowstone National Park and happened to run past a film crew from a local television station that was there to do another story.

The footage of the bison soon went viral, fueling endless speculation about what the bison were running from. Initially, the theorizers did acknowledge that the bison could have been running from all sorts of things, including carnivores, such as grizzly bears or wolves, or even poachers. But very quickly, all of the other possibilities receded and just about everyone honed in on the most catastrophic possibility: namely, that the bison had sensed an imminent eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano and were literally running for their lives.

If that seems a fairly spectacular speculative leap, well, consider the “evidence.” That week there had been a very moderate earthquake in Southern California that had received some…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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