Yesterday PLS posted about "playing the game" and finding himself in the midst of players that make the big decisions and their power plays. I think all of us to some extent "play the game" whether you know it or not and we all learn the rules of the game at an early age. For example, I hate journal club. And I really really hate presenting in journal club. But luckily I know the person that runs the schedule for it. If I do something else for the person, the quid pro quo becomes I don't have to present this semester. Both of us are pawns and manipulators in the game, they manipulated me to get something done and I manipulated them to get out of journal club because I was taking care of something else.
My whole take on the issue is that don't act horrified like the game and gamesmanship exists, it has since the dawn of time. And it will go into perpetuity. I wonder if those elementary and grade school teacher's pets are not just early adopters to "the game?"