You know you’re in trouble when even nerds feel safe beating up on you.
Update: More interesting than Morningstar’s piece, to me, is the discussion on Slashdot, linked above. It provides an idea of what a certain class of non-insiders has to say about literary studies. The discussion is not, in my opinion, very well informed.
And check out this response from Steve Ramsay, a professor of English at the University of Georgia who specializes in humanities computing. He started a Slashdot thread back in August of 2002 on peer review in humanities computing. Many of the resonses to that post indicate readers did not really understand what he was getting at, taking the opportunity instead as an excuse to bash the humanities in general.