The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

You've probably seen the recent survey findings that said most Americans don't think a person is truly all "grown-up" until they reach the age of 26. As if to prove that theory, the graduating class of tiny Rockford College displayed their childish close-mindedness by shouting down a New York Times reporter who was speaking at their graduation ceremony.

Let me get this straight: These people just completed around four years of higher education, when they allegedly were exposed to a range of different ideas and concepts. Yet as they're ready to embark upon the world, they couldn't handle listening to a viewpoint that they didn't agree with. Way to go, kids.

Of course, I have no illusions that these dweebs actually learned anything as mentally taxing as critical thinking while in class. I'm sure they did whatever they had to do to merely get their paper, and that was that. I hope these idiots run into several instances in the real world where they're reduced to tears, or worse, because someone is telling them "bad words". Morons.

In case you're interested, here's a transcript of NY Times reporter Chris Hedges' aborted speech, including some of the action that took place.