I’ve put off acknowledging this for a couple days now. I’m not sure why. One would think I’d jump at the chance to talk about how a blog entry of mine had been picked up by the “mainstream press” (althought that characterization is perhaps a little inappropriate with regards to The East Bay Express), but the whole thing really left me rather cold . Indeed, for a while I considered the selfish, petty psychic satisfaction that could be garnered in them noticing me, but not vice versa.

Anyway, a couple days ago, I learned via CalStuff (what I suppose can be considered an exclusively Berkeley blog) that the East Bay Exrpress had mentioned my first post about Gregor’s PoliSci class. It can’t really be considered any kind of discovery on their part .

So it seems, as Kevin at CalStuff said, some lazy folks at the EBE looking for an easy news blurb that could at least make a pose of relevance, and for a facile opportunity to throw in some frightfully clever jokes like me being the new “thought police police,” latched upon this story and “covered” it in a decidedly lazy fashion, at times not even paying attention to what I actually said.

From the EBE piece:


But Wardlow and the other Berkeley bloggers couldn’t help but notice the similarity to Shingavi’s controversial caveat. Is there a double standard at Cal when it comes to pouncing on intellectual intimidation? Does Gregor’s syllabus qualify as Shingavi-esque?


Bringing up the silly Shingavi link was all Jeff’s deal . I had nothing to do with it, and strongly argued against its validity. What’s even stranger is that then Chris Thompson, the EBE writer, pens thusly:


Wardlow countered that Gregor’s quote was aimed at ideologues — like Shingavi, for instance — who are unwilling to confront ideas with which they disagree.


So which is it, Chris? What did I actually say? The most annoying part is that anyone reading the article couldn’t figure it out since Thompson didn’t link to the actual post .

And that just gets my goat. Misrepresenting what I wrote is one thing, but passing up an opportunity to give me a traffic bump? Now you’ve gone too far!

Thompson closes with a nicely phoned-in bit of poseur-esque weary condescension:


Still, the debate over Gregor’s syllabus underscores just how surreal the university climate has become. We’ve now witnessed the emergence of the thought-police police, who scrutinize every faculty course description for evidence of intolerance. Somebody please wake us when the world gets back on its meds


So if we’re all the “thought police police” for scrutinizing courses like Gregor’s and Shingavi’s, I suppose then Thompson’s careful examination of our activities makes him a proud wearer of the steel-toed jackboots of the Thought Police Police Police, and this blog entry ratchets me up two whole notches into the fearsome ranks of the Thought Police Police Police Police.

Cool (cuz we have a much better health plan).

However, kids, the real lesson from tonight’s episode: never call your professor “a great big asshole” in a blog entry that gets picked up by a newspaper which then solicits quotes from said professor about said blog entry. Especially when that blog uses your real name and has a picture of you on the front page.

last update : 19-4-2018

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