Thanks for the input in the last few days. I appreciate the comments and emails.
I am indebted to Glen McGhee for pointing out the 1952 essay by Erving Goffman, "On Cooling the Mark Out." I intend to post more in depth about this essay (and the many related essays it spawned) at a later date
I don't intend to just be a firebrand or encourage people to storm the barricades. I created this blog because I wanted a place for people to be able to TALK about tenure denial, theirs and others. I found it was very hard to find any avenue in my life to do this. But I'm way past fighting the battle over again at this point.
It is the nature of the Internet that people vie for exposure in a developing story. I certainly have seen this in the last few days with the UAH shooting story. Without (I hope) being gratuitous about it I'll admit that I was moved to post my comments, and right away, because I hoped that this blog might get picked up in the overall noise surrounding that story. That has to some extent happened, which is good as now I know that at least a few people have read some of the posts!
But I repeat my invitation---share your stories. I want to hear them. I will gladly post them here. I'm all about keeping anonymity (to the extent that that is possible nowadays on the Web). Send me more, either by email or comments. I'd like to see some multiple perspectives.