Conservatarians on Campus

Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) and Stephen Miller (@RedSteeze) welcome Avery Hogarth and Tiana Lowe to talk about college activism, millennial politics, and what it’s like to be a campus conservative in the age of Trump. The two USC seniors host The Political Pregame podcast.

Tiana (@TianaTheFirst) was the founding editor of the USC Economics Review, an editorial intern at National Review, a contributor at Heat Street, and the founding editor of The Tab. Avery (@AveryHogarth) is a campaign intern and serves as the Liberal Liason for USC’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter, helping bridge the gap of communication between the left, right, and center amongst the university community.

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  1. madpoet Inactive

    An interesting if occasionally frustrating conversation. Interesting because these ladies are in the thick of it on campus, and they had a fresh perspective. Frustrating because I didn’t hear any consideration of room for people who are more socially conservative. “Socially liberal but fiscally conservative” is a pithy catchphrase, but it concedes that socially conservative views are wrong or unacceptable or not to be promoted in the public square.

    And we all know why Jonah Goldberg’s “The Remnant” is doing so well. Two words. Bigfoot erotica.

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  2. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    I think the ladies had some good points but should watch out for the “Valley Speak”. It is probably just me getting old but in public speaking I think it is still important.

    “High rising terminal (also called “up speak” or “uptalk”) is a defining feature of Valleyspeak. Statements have a rising intonation, causing declarative language to appear interrogative to listeners unfamiliar with the dialect. Research on uptalk has found a number of pragmatic uses, including confirming that the interlocutor follows what is being said and indicating that the speaker has more to say and so their conversation partner should not interrupt them (also called “floor holding”).[3] The high rising terminal feature has been adopted by speakers beyond the traditional users of Valleyspeak, including men[1][4] and New Zealanders[5].
    “Like” as a discourse marker. “Like” is used as a filler word, similar to “um” or “er,” as in, “I’m, like, about to call my friend.” It does not add content to the sentence, instead allowing time for the speaker to formulate what they will say next.
    “Like” as a colloquial quotative. “Like” is used to indicate that what follows is not necessarily an exact quotation of what was said, but captures the meaning and intention of the quoted speech. As an example, in “And I was like, ‘don’t ever speak to my boyfriend again,'” the speaker is indicating that they may or may not have literally said those words, but they conveyed that idea.”

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