Sunday, 15 March 2009

Griffithgate: the no-show

Think of a gangster movie you have seen: do crims ever go to the police to complain?
Of course not. It's not just a clever trick by the director to spin the plot along; even in real life the last thing a shady character wants is to have their affairs placed under scrutiny by the law.
By now there exist several provocations that under ordinary circumstances would have seen Griffith University take me in court. There were the remarks made about some lecturers which prompted such a threat for defamation and bullying (see Griffithgate: let's ask the experts) but nothing happened despite having repeated the very same action. There were the disparaging statements communicated to the university's lawyers Minter Ellison, again with no response. The letters to that firm's clients, quietly passed over (see The first thing we do...). Letters to other lawyers (Griffithgate: the next phase), yet more personal attacks (And a Merry Christmas to you too, Griffith!), and the publication of my own version of the vice chancellor's welcome to students (Griffithgate: the latest). All of these were made known to a considerable number of their staff but nothing happened.
Indeed, why would someone like Ian O'Connor, Griffith's vice chancellor, drag the affair into the public arena and see all those shenanigans brought into the light? As we know, crims tend not to do such things.
I am well aware of a not insignificant disadvantage to myself when writing those letters and emails. For most people it is hard to believe a university can act in such a way, and the doubt would most likely be applied to me. And yet, the actions did take place and they are a considerable blot on any institution's character. Ian O'Connor knows this; others around him know this; hence the reluctance.
It's such a pity. Apart from the relatively small radius the affair as such represents, the wider issue is the general awareness of the Otoom model itself, prevented by a couple of incompetents. Its usefulness has been shown through the predictions about the Iraq war for example and confirmed by two major reports, one by the Americans and one by the British; the comments about Europe (The social Europe: a formal view); the outlook towards the year 2050 (2050: The Age of the Silverback); the comments about the current economic crisis (The Wall Street story), already starting to be confirmed the more details about its origins come to light; and many others too numerous to mention here.
Such a pity. But don't get me wrong - I hold no such sentiments for that couple of dills at Griffith.

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