Originally Posted by Ovation
It is possible that some of those people who ask to be addressed as "Dr." are trying to avoid a common error made by students who are unversed in the arcane nature of academic titles. I have students refer to me as "professor" but where I teach, no one has that title, so, technically, it is wrong for my students to use that title. A person can have a doctorate, and thus properly claim the title of "Dr." but might not have gained a tenured professorship at a college or university. That person might be an adjunct faculty member (as I am) and would not, technically, qualify for the title of "professor".
All that aside, in my 20+ years of life in academia, most of the people I've known who have seriously insisted on being addressed as "Dr." have either come from cultures where that is taken quite seriously (Germany is one such place) or are overly fussy about exact ranks (and they can be found in just about any culture). I usually gently explain to my students that I do not have either "rank" and they can refer to me by my first name or as "sir" if they find that more comfortable.
As for how this relates to audio, well, frankly, I don't know. But one of my best friends has an outstanding collection of opera and he's both a "Dr." and a "professor" (of economics). Does that count?
I think, reading between the lines, what he's inferring is that it is difficult to bracket out a whole host of images, ideas, opinions, and experiences associated with the title so that two people can connect authentically one person to another. It also positions a relationship where one is ostensibly superior to another simply because one decided to dedicate a life to study and academia; excelling at a certain type of education.
I’m of the Mark Twain school, “I never let schoolin’ get in the way of my education.”
We’re all of the George Bernard Shaw school, "Life is a great teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all its pupils."
Often I’ve met titled people who bandy their title about as evidence that they are superior. I know a woman who has a “Doctor” title from the University of Phoenix and uses it all of the time. She introduces herself as “Doctor”
And her Doctorate is in friggin’ marketing!!!
20 years ago I almost went through an extreme treatment for an illness because the “Doctor” said I should. The treatment could’ve killed me. Fortunately my wife found an herbal remedy that was being tested in Germany with great success. I went against the gravitational pull of the “Doctor” and have had superb health since.
Finally, those who insist on their title being used or use it are feeding their ego an unhealthy diet imo. For as Blake wrote, “The greatest danger a man faces as he walks through life, is the seduction of the material world.”
Clearly I’m ambivalent about titles. You earned it; you can do what you want with it. But don’t expect all people to treat you like royalty. After all, we're Americans...we rebelled against royalty.
Just my .02.