lol rekt. I looked up Taylor Carman - he's also a philosophy professor at Columbia and Barnard in NYC. His Twitter, while nothing to write home about, is completely appropriate for a professor. A bit of dry humor, some political commentary, some light bagging on other philosophers. NONE of this insane screeching and slapfighting that Rhys and his handful of orbiters do ALL DAY LONG. I can barely even follow the KF discussion of it because it's just indecipherable.
Pondering this, I realized that I have four friends who are tenured professors in the humanities. I looked up all their Twitter accounts - three of them Tweet under their real names and the content is exactly what you'd expect. Jokes, commentary on current events, links to their own published work, retweets about items of interest in their subject. It all makes sense and it looks like a sane adult wrote it.
So what is the deal with Rhys and crew? I get so much secondhand embarrassment from the daily roundups of their social media fuckery that @Positron posts; I would be appalled to discover that a professor I actually knew was spending all day posting such garbage. Are there other unrelated people in academia who behave this way, or is it literally just Rhys? Is it a troon thing, because people who dedicate their lives to the study of troonology are of a lower intellectual caliber and therefore more likely to behave like idiots? Is it a philosophy thing? Taylor Carman showed us above that a serious philosopher barely needs to lift a finger to wreck any one of Rhys's wild claims. Isn't philosophy supposed to be, like, smarter than this?