August 21st, 2008

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Ever since I saw the relevant movie, I've been going around mentally questioning people's commitment to Sparkle Motion. All sorts of people. The mailbeing. The arborist's secretary. My great-aunt. You; you are not exempt. Sometimes my physical therapist says, "Do you think we could try this with your eyes closed? Because that's more of a challenge to your vestibular system, if you can do it safely." And my mouth says, "Sure," but silently I question her commitment to Sparkle Motion.

In a very silly way, this makes me feel better.

Also it makes me happy in a very silly way when we both sing the same wrong words to Amazing Grace. This happens with my parents and also with timprov, though not with Amazing Grace itself, as we all sing the same right words to that, I'm pretty sure.

Also occasionally my brain asks itself what do I mean, William Blake? and I can answer with confidence that I mean William Blake. And that's good, too.

What really stupid or silly things make you happy or comfort you? They don't have to be movie things. Although these all are.

I still refuse to quote the Gustie Rouser as prose, though.

This article made me proud to be a Gustie. The other college presidents quoted in it are treating their students, not just as children, but as stupid children. Their fears about the risk of misreading, for example. I will give you two sentences, and you see if you can spot any differences:

1) Perhaps we should discuss the legal drinking age and how it interacts with American culture and the subcultures of American colleges.

2) Do not worry about legalities, just PARRRRTAYYYYY -- WOOOOOOOO!

Was that hard? Do you think that college students, most of whom are of voting age and theoretically literate, ought to have difficulty parsing the differences? Earl Potter, president of St. Cloud State, said, "With there being so much tragedy in Minnesota around binge drinking and student deaths, I'm not going to take any step which deviates from my core message: We want our students to behave within the law, and we want the ones who are of age to drink responsibly." Think about that: he thinks that any discussion of the law is equivalent to encouragement to behave illegally. He thinks that if we do not lie to our college students and tell them that our laws are universal and eternal, they will not follow them. That we can buy student safety by repressing free discourse; that subtlety is impossible and will lead to irresponsibility, lawlessness, who knows what social ills.

This is not a fit attitude for someone who is educating citizens of a democracy -- though it's sadly not a surprising attitude for American authority figures at the moment. Discussing the laws we have, whether they are working towards or against the society we want, is one of our jobs, collectively. It's one of our big jobs. And 18-year-olds are not junior voters, who somehow count partially or are just so cuuuute when dey fink dey can make a diffwence! Awww! No. No. This is unacceptable. So go President Ohle.