Reblogged to coincide with all those tweets from lecturers realizing that they are getting old and their cultural references are ancient or inappropriate.
Paul Cairney: Politics & Public Policy
As an ageing lecturer, I often find that my cultural references generally fall flat with late teenage/ early 20s students. Still, I persevere because I forget which ones are completely pancake, which ones still work if you explain them a little bit, and which ones work again because there has been a film remake. So, here is a repository to help me remember:
Things that still just about work
The Matrix seems to work for just about everything, which means that it works for nothing (‘I remember we talked about it, but what was the point again?’)
A JFK scene sort of works as a vague reference to ‘the whole system’ (but undermines regression analysis of discrete variables)
Mr Robot might work – eventually – if you don’t have to subscribe to Amazon to get it
Things that don’t work
Don’t refer to a ‘sliding doors moment‘ in British politics unless you…
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One response to “Some rubbish cultural references for lecturers”
Professor Cairney, I must say that your public policy blog entries are nothing less than very insightful and inspiring.
As a Canadian student in China, they complement very well my studies done here. It is indeed extremely helpful.
I wish you all the best for the continuation of your WordPress!