Sunday, July 27, 2014

What Did You Think About The Kansas City Dead Tree Media UMKC Hit Piece?!?!?

Here's the thing, I graduated from UMKC with a degree in pre-med pre-biz pre-law video gamez Communication Studies and I really don't care about where the 3rd Choice Institution of Kansas City Higher Learning ranks among national colleges, I thought everyone knew those university listings were pretty much advertorial content anyhoo . . .

So far this Kansas City Dead Tree Media kangaroo takedown isn't generating much buzz despite over 5k words dedicated to a place that now serves as a retirement home for Dead Tree Media newsies . . . This editorial decision to expose a controversy that VERY FEW PEOPLE really care about might be one of the reasons that the newspaper is headed in a downward spiral . . . Other than than the fact that people like slicing up digital produce on their tablets more than reading online polemics . . . But I digress . . . The question is: Did this city college fact check really turn your crank??? A cursory look at online marketing research and stats reveals that the UMKC anti-smoking ban that our blog community broke garnered more interest.

Maybe good journalism, certainly boring Kansas City reporting: UMKC’s misleading march to the top

14 Comments:

Anonymous said...

More bullshit being spewed by an institution that turns out professional bullshitters which is propped up by a bunch of people who are full of shit is not, actually, surprising.

Anonymous said...

No your not getting anymore comments today so stop using comment bait.

FC said...

It's spelled: You're

And it looks like you posted a comment.

Personally, I think that UMKC should retaliate by sending Steve Kraske back to the paper. He's a good journalist. He should be working at a newspaper, not a college.

Blaz Tavers, local gadfly said...

So UMKC isn't the local intellectual salon reminiscent of those in Enlightenment-era Paris?

Well, now I'm just all confused.

Anonymous said...

Communication Studies what the fuck is that. 21st century basket weaving?

Miss Sweetie Pie said...

Mr. Tony,
Veracity is important. UMKC practiced deception to gin up the status of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Mr. Bloch had to have known that chicanery was afoot. He had hired a publicist to burnish the schools image in order to attain a high standing in academia. The publicist failed. Forward several years later and suddenly this 2 bit school is suddenly The Algonquin Round Table?

Mr. Tony, truth is important.

Anonymous said...

Ya sure, and I am Einstein.

Anonymous said...

What about the KU law school being sanctioned by the ABA last year which in my mind is a much more serious offense. Was that even reported by the Star?

http://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/legal_education_and_admissions_to_the_bar/council_reports_and_resolutions/2013_u_kansas_aba_censure.authcheckdam.pdf

Anonymous said...

What do you expect from a school that has as its alumni people like Tony Botello, Bryan Dial and Mark Funkhouser?

Anonymous said...

So UMKC fabricates standings to get in a donor's pocket. Chicanery or wish fulfillment? After all, it was only 15 yrs ago that a different Chancellor pledged to make UMKC the Hahvahd of the Midwest. And how long has it been since a different KC University Pres. took her own life after being revealed as a fraud? Methinks there is a pattern here -- and the fault lies as much with the old money as in the contrived rankings.

Grammer Teecher said...

Your a maroon.

James Naismith said...

UMKC is also lying about having a Division I basketball program.

Joey said...

I'm one angry Kangaroo.

Don Adams said...

This is an excellent article. And yes, you can be cynical and ask, "So what else is new?" or "Who cares?" But careful documentation of the propaganda machines that can be built to aggrandize institutional interests and those of their wealthy donors can only help break the cycle of cynical manipulation by which "propaganda" passes for "public relations" through the use of bogus social "science." It's the force that, since 1936, has been used by the National Association of Manufacturers and its bastard offspring to sour the American people on our sole hope to securing the democratic interest: out government.

Just look at the new building, the humongous salaries, the energetic butt-kissing of the B-school compared to, say, UMKC's deeply committed and atrociously overworked and underpaid Political Science department. Or the actually unique and interesting Economics department, a brave voice in Modern Monetary Theory.

The Bloch School might have found a genuinely interesting basis for leadership in academically-based critique and fresh thinking about "entrepreneurialism" in examining how entrepreneurialism might be encouraged in an area so blatantly abandoned by capitalist greed — woops! "business" (as usual) — as KC's East Side. But no: convention rules — except in terms of research standards. And how interesting that so much of its energetic force has been drawn from that new capital of totalitarian capitalism: the (Not the) People's Republic of China.

These writers have done courageous work in documenting what happens when institutional interests bury standards. You found it boring? Read something else. But don't pretend you've actually paid attention to the case that is here presented.