Or do you know any French, English or American academics who place much value on being addressed “properly?” I didn’t think so.
The strange thing about this whole Guttenberg thing (he’s being accused of plagiarizing several sections of his doctoral dissertation), I find, is that he had already had his way cool title to begin with. He’s a freakin’ blue-blooded baron, for crying out loud. Why worry about some additional academic title?
But like they say, you can never be too thin or have enough money. Or, if you’re German, you can never have enough titles, I guess.
At least they’ll be some good jokes to come out of this: Minister Copy and Paste or Googleberg or he graduated “schummel cum laude” (schummeln means to cheat), you know, stuff like that.
The German public takes such charges seriously.