31.12.12

BE APART OF THE SOLUTION

The University of Maryland spend $15K it may not have on a mind-your-manners (or what passes for manners these days) campaign, evidently skimping on proofreaders.

The problem with inclusive language campaigns, whether endorsed by university administrators or operated unofficially by perpetually aggrieved faculty, is one of selective indignation.
“It is important to be civil with one another but this goes too far in taking language that most people would not find offensive and making us feel guilty for using it,” Ross Marchand, who is the president of Students for Liberty, a libertarian student group at UMD, told Campus Reform.

Marchand said he worries that such rules will hamper student’s constitutional right to free speech on campus.

“An environment conducive to freedom of speech [on campus]...requires the ability to say things without guilt,” said Marchand.
It is probably no accident that the Maryland campaign is a project of Residential Life, that its focus is more on "identity", whatever that means, rather than the substance of making an argument, and the recommended substitutions include sub-literacies such as "wack", the soon-to-be-contested "weird", and the oh-so-administrative "inappropriate" and "improper".

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