Thursday, August 13, 2009

Profiles in Pusillanimity

The Yale Press banned images of Muhammed.

In the book “The Cartoons That Shook the World”.

Yale University consulted two dozen "experts" in making their decision. Apparently, cravenness loves company.

14 Comments:

Blogger Susan's Husband said...

Second only to my desire to see Old Media trampled in to the dirt is my desire to see the Ivy League finally acknowledged as the cess pool of rotted privilege that it is. I can only live in hope that I will see the day that people openly laugh at the idea that an Ivy League degree means anything other than "I have good business contacts".

August 13, 2009 4:08 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

... an Ivy League degree means anything other than "I have good business contacts".

Agreed, but. An Ivy League degree is also a proxy for previous success, just like a degree from an average college, but more so.

I wasn't one of the kids going to an Ivy League school, because my grades were not good enough.

Did they get a better education? Probably not.

Were the prospects of the kids who did well enough to get in better than those who did not (on average), simply because of what they brought to the table? Almost certainly.

That said, the utter spinelessness of Yale on this is astonishing. They would never make a similar decision with regard to any other religion, so why Islam?

Never mind, I know.

August 14, 2009 9:19 AM  
Blogger erp said...

Getting into an ivy is measure of students' perceived abilities and the contacts made there will serve them well for the rest of their lives. It's no different than other elite groups, like fighter pilots ;-}.

I tell friends to get their kids into the best schools they can. It has nothing to do with getting a good education. A library card will probably serve just as well if that's all going to college is about.

Yes, Yale is spineless, but what about P&G and other advertisers who are boycotting Glenn Beck's show? Considering that they haven't thought of boycotting any media outlets where Bush was trashed, I've decided to boycott P&G and the other boycotters.

It's sickening to think that major US corporations are doing the bidding of the White House because they're afraid of White House retaliation, but I sincerely believe that's what this boycott is about.

August 14, 2009 1:29 PM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Yes, Yale is spineless, but what about P&G and other advertisers who are boycotting Glenn Beck's show?

IMHO, Beck is insane. That's all the reason I would need to take my advertising dollars elsewhere.

August 14, 2009 2:27 PM  
Blogger erp said...

I've never heard Beck, but he can't more insane than the leftwing cable shows or network shows like Letterman or SNL for that matter.

August 14, 2009 3:21 PM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

P&G isn't held out as a "higher institution" and its employees as higher beings who deserve special acclaim and deference.

August 14, 2009 4:37 PM  
Blogger erp said...

You're right, but they're both on the same page politically.

August 15, 2009 5:36 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

I've never heard Beck, but he can't more insane than the leftwing cable shows ...

He is. Astonishing, but true.

August 15, 2009 10:17 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Skipper, have you heard about this?

August 24, 2009 5:38 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Even more interesting is the link next to your link about LaRouche and health care reform.

August 26, 2009 11:19 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Peter:

Not until now.

Amazing. Clearly, Ireland prefers self-contradictory (after all, how does one profess belief in one ideation of God without blaspheming all the rest?) stooping to dogma in place of freedom of conscience.

Which puts them in the same league table as those who put the fatwa on Salmon Rushdie.

Tough to think of a better example for describing the phrase "you can judge someone by the company they keep."

To which company I would add China. I have just spent three days behind their astonishingly censorious firewall -- blogger (among other wide swaths of the intertubes) is completely blocked -- those who presume to decide for others what they might read, or think, deserve focused disdain.

August 26, 2009 6:45 PM  
Blogger erp said...

Skipper, when you say that in China blogger is completely blocked, do mean that you can't sign in to your own blog, or you can't view any blogger blog?

If so, what kind of a message appears?

August 27, 2009 7:02 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

I get a 404 error for everything on Blogger.

Even monix.

Because Thought Mesh is based on SH's platform, he can say whatever he wants and not get blocked.

During the Olympics, the censorship was greatly relaxed. It is now back in full force.

Makes even the stuff that does get through painfully slow.

August 27, 2009 5:34 PM  
Blogger erp said...

The Chinese are missing out on some mighty fine baby pictures.

August 28, 2009 7:27 AM  

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