Weekend Work 7-18-2015: A Jokeworm, Some Links, Alarming News, & Jilted By the Junto (AGAIN)

There are jokes which you don’t laugh at, but are so insidious that they will come to mind when you least expect and want it. This is one of them:

Shouldn’t the Air and Space museum be empty?

We’re confident the next time you visit or someone mentions the NASM you’ll repeat this. You are welcome.

As ever, we have been hard on the lookout for new collections items. We recently added a few new items to our Links Page, including:

Under “Art”

  • Ikea b4-XVI (Ikea’s pre-1650 ideas to redecorate your home)
  • What They See (life from art’s POV)
  • Ugly Renaissance Babies (which needs no explanation).

Under “Museums” (our new favorite)

  • The Conservator – Versus Life…

Since security is a key goal for any museum, most museums have alarms and security protocols in place. Larger museums do much of that in-house, but smaller museums rely on security providers for their peace of mind. Unfortunately, that company’s alarm isn’t the “magical force field” we hope it is.

As many of you know, the Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical is soon to open. The junior Americanists over at the The Junto evidently reviewed it on their blog and then, at the request of the producers, removed it soon after. No explanation or even snarky comment about how “Hollywood” (or in this case, Broadway) does things. Since they didn’t do that, we did it for them.

But, as you can see in the screen capture below, our question (from T.H. Gray) was aimed at the Juntoists.

Less than 18 hours later, the same paged look like this

We’re not surprised that this particular bit of sarcasm in the form of our question was removed. It’s certainly not the usual comment posted on a very serious academic blog. However, what is both puzzling and troubling is that the Juntoists seem too quick to delete things, either because someone has asked them to (the Hamilton post) or because they don’t like the flavor of the interaction (our question above and this comment of ours from last year).

We would love to delve into their reasons for doing all of this, but we are fairly confident that they would delete anything we asked.

About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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