Ah! Freya’s day. The boundary unbump between week in and out, and my day to sleep in. Till 0530 this morning. So I am not only a bit slow yet but also behind.
It struck me that this should have been the journalism silly season although the only things demonstrating such have been: the olympics; the partisan conventions; and this somewhat silly graphic posted by the HowToGeek folks [Link]
I was a bit surprised when I saw this, mostly because I had not, so far as memory would assure, seen it before. Then I realized that the reason I had not seen was because I was off at college.
That may seem a bit strange, given the propensity of college students to get all torqued over social stuff, especially things that most folks put in the “I can’t do anything about except curse or cry” pile. Happily some of those can be influenced by large numbers of college students doing stupid things, burning building, and getting shot by the militia. What is not mentioned is that those students are the fuzzy middle who major in things like journalism or syntax or literature or some form of ethno-geographic studies. The folks in the wings of the distribution, on the one (lower) end, the Greeks, the jocks, and the party animals, and on the other (upper) end, the STEMS, the pre-Meds, and the pre-Laws (who may also map into the other end since they are often Greeks) do not participate in such demonstrations for somewhat differing reasons, but mostly, generally, orthogonality.
The good academics at the U Maryland have managed to rediscover this [Link] with respect to politics. Glad that the phenomena is now “official” from an academic standpoint. I just hope they don’t tell anyone in the Yankee government lest the students be plagued with some tax money waste program to make them politically conscious. Shades of Chinese politics!
I went to college through several elections. Not sure if I voted in any of them. Didn’t seem worth the effort or the sacrifice at the time. The only politics we were interested in in undergraduate shule was the ‘Nam. The campus of the Black Warrior was too conservative to have much anti-war activity and what there was was limited pretty much to the hippy arts majors and faculty. In fact, when the anti-war hippies did demonstrate, the Greek-ROTC guys counter-demonstrated with truncheons and cudgels. I suspect that’s why the guvnuh declared martial law and sent in the militia. My only perspective was it got me out of final exams since they were trying to empty the campus.
I have been told since that the whole thing was a sham by the FBI, and a response to the Kent State affair. From my perspective neither of these is accurate. The artsy-fartsy staged a march because Dow came to campus recruiting STEMS, and the Greek Elitists raised the ante. But in an effort to make the whole thing seem otherwise, almost all of actuality has been lost.
Not that the students, then or now, really cared for long.