February 03, 2004

Well, I'm So Glad You RECOGNIZE the Problem

Coming off a three-day tantrum bender (the Boy's, not mine), so let me quickly direct your attention to speechcodes.org's Speech Code of the Month Winner: Macalester College. Read it all--it's fun!

But for me, the best part is the first excerpt, in which the college handbook states:

The College recognizes the complexity of defining language and actions that are not acceptable in a community which values freedom of expression.

And then goes on to meticulously remove every form of physical or verbal expression that isn't "Eyes Forward! Head Up! Shoulders Back! No Talking!"

My old buddy Irony got a big kick out of this one, too.

In serious moments, I sometimes wonder whether it bothers the keepers of the hive mind when they are mocked by the great unwashed. But then I get over it--mainly because the kind of people who can seriously commit these silly sorts of regulations to paper wouldn't understand mockery or a sense of humor if it bit them on the ass.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at February 3, 2004 12:40 PM
Comments

I remember an incident twenty years ago when essays of apology in the student paper served as corrective punishment. The student government always used this, because that's the kind of people you find in student government. One week there was an essay from a malefactor telling the student government to go fuck themselves, and you didn't see any more apologies. I imagine that's when speech codes started.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at February 3, 2004 01:30 PM

Yeah and check out the University of Oklahoma, too:
http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=12003

I sure am glad that I'm out of college, putting up with that kind of crap would get me into some SERIOUS trouble!

jlb

Posted by: jlb at February 3, 2004 03:48 PM

"...mainly because the kind of people who can seriously commit these silly sorts of regulations to paper wouldn't understand mockery or a sense of humor if it bit them on the ass."

True. The groves of academe are packed with people who confuse being humorless with being serious. To paraphrase the Bard; 'a man may frown and frown, and be a jackass.'

Posted by: ManFromPorlock at February 3, 2004 04:02 PM