Sunday, October 7, 2012

Satirical Essays By Diana Senechal and Arnold Arons

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent discussion list post of the above title. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Some subscribers might be interested these satirical essays by Diana Senechal and Arnold Arons for which I provide excerpts:

(a) “Research Breakthrough! Silver Bullet Found” [Senechal (2012)], online at;

(b) “Educational Practices - an Expert View of Current Trends” [Arons (1973)], online to subscribers of The Physics Teacher at;

(c) “An expert visit to the cognitive domain” [Arons (1984)], line to subscribers of The Physics Teacher at

Arons was influenced by Frank Sullivan’s Mr. Arbuthnot, the cliche expert, who futilely battled the banal in popular writing. Fortunately, Arbuthnot lives on in essays by Ben Yagoda (2001?) “24/7 With the Cliche Expert” at and Frank Prial (2006) “Wine talk: Rolling out those chewy behemoths” at

And also - you know - having said that, in real time and for texters and googlers, the bottom line is that the imperial concerns of the real-time marketplace demand use of awesome, amazing, and game-changing cliches not only prior to, but at the end of the day, around the clock, and 24/7.

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Hake, R.R. 2012. “Satirical Essays By Diana Senechal and Arnold Arons,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 7 Oct 2012 11:15:56 -0700. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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