Jon Stewart vs The Archivists

Oh, the SAA is going to love this! The Daily Show featured the Grateful Dead Archivist position that was noticed by BoingBoing last Monday. Some choice quotes from the episode about the job:

“UC Santa Cruz is looking for a Grateful Dead Archivist. They’re looking for someone who loves the Grateful Dead, and yet somehow has exceptional organizational skills. So basically what they’re saying… is that they need a miracle”

And then it gets better (or worse, depending on whether you have a Masters in Archives.) Here’s what Jon Stewart has to say about Archivists:

“By the way, a masters degree in Archives Management? What does that mean? “Oh I can archive things alphabetically or numerically”. What?! Alphanumerically? Slow down, I don’t have a doctorate! There you have it, 4 years of undergrad, 2 years of graduate school and now you can spend your days picking blotter acid coming out of Phil Lesh’s underwear from the Blues for Allah tour.”

(video clip of the comment:)

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What other people have to say:

Phil Lesh. Not Phil Hess.

It’s “Lesh” not “Hess” …. you obviously won’t qualify for the job!

there’s a Spin Doctors archive? where do i apply?

Kheir, Adam: Fixed. Sorry, not a Deadhead, and was transcribing at 5am :P Also, not old enough to know what “blotter acid” was — thanks wikipedia!

Well Jon Stewart wouldn’t get the job either – one of the first things you learn as an archivist is that context is everything – that blotter acid would be staying right where it is …

Haha, that man makes his money taking things out of context: Context is everything to him too, just that it’s everything he needs to get rid of!

About the author:

Arnab Nandi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. You can read more about him here.


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