Civility?

“Party Mocking Black History Month Angers Many at UCSD”

“Is Heckling Right?”

Incident at Irvine prompts debate over whether repeatedly interrupting a campus speaker is an exercise of free expression or the suppression of free expression

The two reports above from my daily Inside Higher Ed news feed left me gravely dismayed this morning. These, in combination with the ridiculous tactics of “Tea Party” members last summer seem to underscore how uncivilized we actually are. My blood is boiling and the vein in my head is throbbing with rage as I write this, making it difficult for me to marshal my emotions and express everything I think needs to be expressed. I’ll again refrain from delivering an Alan Shore-like diatribe, but simply ask how we got here?

How is it that a person can come to the conclusion that the best way to behave when someone is talking about something you don’t agree with is to shout so loudly that the other person can’t be heard? Isn’t this that sort of behavior we should have been taught was wrong when we were children throwing temper tantrums? And how can pampered college students think it a good idea to be so blatantly insensitive to racial and socio-economic struggles on this day and in these times?

ugh!

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About Art

I'm the Director of Academic Advising at Quincy College. I'm hoping this can be a place to express the occasional thought that may mean something to someone. . .we'll see. I'm also a musician--I play the string bass in primarily the jazz and classical idioms (though I love many kinds of music and have played everything from folk and bluegrass to new wave and hard rock). And, as an Italian-American, I love good food and good wine. . .basically,don't be surprised by posts on any of the topics mentioned above ;)
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