I admit I'm running this item mostly for the title, which resonates with what so many of us are hearing from our managers these days. The post deals with the announcement of the theme of next year's ALT-C, "a confrontation with reality". As David Kernohan writes, "The reality we are expected to confront is the one that is being imposed on us. The one where there's not enough money to actually try and improve anything, and we'd better be careful to somehow justify what we are doing. The one where we've all 'run out of money', 'maxed out our credit card', and need to enter an 'age of austerity'." We are supposed to 'accept reality', but as he says, "I don't think we can accept it - it is a narrative, and there are other narratives to choose."