[Edling] US: Today’s College Students Can’t Seem To Take A Joke

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Mon Aug 10 07:02:02 UTC 2015


The Atlantic



That’s Not Funny!  Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke.



The colleges represented were—to use a word that their emissaries regard as numinous—diverse: huge research universities, tiny liberal-arts colleges, Catholic schools, land-grant institutions. But the students’ taste in entertainment was uniform. They liked their slam poets to deliver the goods in tones of the highest seriousness and on subjects of lunar bleakness; they favored musicians who could turn out covers with cheerful precision; and they wanted comedy that was 100 percent risk-free, comedy that could not trigger or upset or mildly trouble a single student...



O, Utopia. Why must your sweet governance always turn so quickly from the Edenic to the Stalinist? The college revolutions of the 1960s—the ones that gave rise to the social-justice warriors of today’s campuses—were fueled by free speech. But once you’ve won a culture war, free speech is a nuisance, and “eliminating” language becomes a necessity.



Full story:
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/thats-not-funny/399335/
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