If Mark Cooper and John Marx's blog "Humanities After Hollywood" isn't already in your newsreader, put it there now. Anything I could say to describe it would fall short of just telling you to go look at the project. It is the counterpoint to the standard hand-wringing and moralizing over academic crises, humanities crises, and other fictions.
In this week's post Cooper and Marx up the ante, looking at expert labor in academia, and how it got here over decades of the university as a neoliberal project. Things are not as they are being presented.