Tag: Trigger Warnings

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the US Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety

 

Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety“In America we say if anyone gets hurt, we will ban it for everyone everywhere for all time. And before we know it, everything is banned.” — Professor Jonathan Haidt

It’s a common refrain: We have bubble-wrapped the world. Americans in particular are obsessed with “safety.” The simplest way to get any law passed in America, be it a zoning law or a sweeping reform of the intelligence community, is to invoke a simple sentence: “A kid might get hurt.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Green Shoots in the Cultural Wasteland at CBS?

 

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/bd/CBS_Eyemark.svg/768px-CBS_Eyemark.svg.pngIn the midst of college students and Democratic politicians behaving badly, might there be signs of second thoughts by more responsible, more moderate leaders? Cop shows have been used to make progressive political points for years. Episodes on two CBS shows this January featured messages that seemed quite out of synch with the dominant narrative. Are these green shoots in the cultural wasteland?

A recent Blue Bloods (CBS) episode, “Disrupted,” had Tom Selleck, as Frank Reagan, delivering a speech from the head of the family dinner table against the transmission of campus behavior into general society; he called it destructive. I was astonished to hear this full-throated defense of civil society on a major broadcast network.

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WARNING! SNOWFLAKES NOW NEED A LOWER-CASE SAFE ZONE! https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1046977/university-lecturers-not-to-use-cap-letters-student-failure More

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I went to see my nephew’s Senior recital this evening, at a small venue in the University Performing Arts Center. In the main theater, those crazy drama kids were having a show! Here was the notice posted at the entrance: Here’s a little quiz for you theatre buffs: More

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Richard Epstein looks at how attempts to suppress conservative speakers on college campuses intersects with the First Amendment, and calls on 50 years of experience as a university professor to diagnose how liberal activism has changed over the years.

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I participate regularly – several posts or comments per day – in a private, invitation-only Facebook group about movies. While I’ve heard horror stories about the oppressive political correctness of other Facebook groups, this one has practically non-existent (libertarian-leaning) moderators. With rare exceptions, everyone behaves well and gets along, and there is rarely any tension […]

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left’s rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality.

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Richard Epstein looks at recent on-campus controversies involving Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos and examines what can be done about the increasingly hostile environment in American higher education.

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Victor Davis Hanson describes how higher education and the media have eroded — and provides recommendations for reforming each.

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…compels me to direct you to this article written by my daughter for the webzine she and some of her high school friends publish. http://www.thelinkpublishing.com/news/2016/10/9/dear-future-college-students-warning More

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Victor Davis Hanson explores the tensions between technological progress and cultural vitality.

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Not even Ralph Nader can stand the current generation of sissified man-boys, and he is their grandfather. “You see it on campuses—what is it called, trigger warnings? It’s gotten absurd. I mean, you repress people, you engage in anger, and what you do is turn people into skins that are blistered by moonbeams. Young men […]

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A colleague at one of the NASA research centers sent me a news item on their Diversity Day. The article was for internal consumption only so I hesitate to post it here, but I think it’s fair to quote some excerpts with my comments. I noted there were several microaggressions in the Diversity Day news […]

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shutterstock_141765202The NYT ran an op-ed over the weekend called “In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas.” In essence, it details all the ways that colleges and college students have been contorting their intellectual environments to make their campuses “safe” for people who find offensive ideas to be “dangerous.” To me, it appears painfully obvious that a movement toward letting the most offended members obtain a heckler’s veto on speech is a terrible idea. As the author puts it:

Still, it’s disconcerting to see students clamor for a kind of intrusive supervision that would have outraged students a few generations ago. But those were hardier souls. Now students’ needs are anticipated by a small army of service professionals … This new bureaucracy may be exacerbating students’ “self-infantilization[.]”

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