Thursday, February 17, 2011

Should scholars join the showbiz?

I was recently talking to a friend who introduced me to Kara Cooney, an Egyptologist from UCLA who has been using her looks to gain ground the showbiz.
The question of whether or not scholars should utilize their looks to sensationalize traditional conservative scholarly fields came about. The questions we asked included whether or not academics should be part of shows that mirror Indiana Jones in their approach to water-down theories and sensationalize fields like Anthropology and Egyptology. I wondered however, if a character like Kara Cooney or David Cheetham should have their reputation damaged because they choose to participate in showbiz.
This is her website. It is interesting to look at her photos and wonder whether she is promoting Egyptologist research or herself.

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