Monday, October 09, 2006

The Blog, The Speaker, and the Students

We have here a lesson as to why blogs are infinitely better than traditional media sources. I was intrigued by this story the other day, and Ann Althouse ties it all together with links to several different articles and several You Tube videos of the incident.

In brief, a speech by Minuteman project founder Jim Gilchrest at Columbia University was interrupted by protesters and violence ensued. As an interesting side note, some Columbia students are objecting to the use of student's FaceBook pages as part of the investigation. All in all, there are just a number of fun issues here.

See Ann Althouse on the Facebook complaints. I pretty much agree with her whole-heartedly. I've got a bit more to say about the protest however. This is the sort of "campus activism" on the left that continues to baffle me. Why do you attempt to silence speakers you don't agree with? The lonely libertarian would be even more lonely if he engaged in that sort of behavior- he'd have no one at all to talk to!

I'm not very sympathetic to the Minutemen, but let the guy speak. I'd love the chance to debate the guy and ask him some tough, relevant questions. Why ruin it by standing up and being an asshole?

The theme throughout these stories? An overwhelming sense of self righteousness. How dare the school read my public facebook page, and how dare they invite a speaker with different views than my own. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the future.


Blogger A Fan For All Seasons said...

As a current UConn student, I got to witness something like this in person. One week back in November/December last year saw the coming of two speakers, Cindy Sheehan and Ann Coulter. Coulter was paid $16,000 for her speech and that was the talk of the campus in the leading month of the speech. Students couldn't believe that UConn was spending $16,000 to "encourage hate." Fliers were posted all over campus with quotes from Coulter's columns. The quotes made Coulter look very bad, especially since they were just her jokes that, when out of context, look terrible. When Coulter came and gave her speech, she dealt with boos, screaming and speaker tampering. She cut her speech short and people afterward celebrated a "job well done". Sheehan, who spoke a day earlier, spoke without any problems. There was a small, quiet protest beforehand, and members of that protest asked polite questions during the Q and A portion of Sheehan's talk. Most people didn't know that Sheehan was payed $10,000 for her speech, and I never did see any indication of what she did with that money. All of this happened in a span of 2 days. It's interesting to say the least.

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