atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5542: Academia, and the decline thereof

Let's start with Purdue, and the new head of their School of Engineering Education.
My scholarship currently focuses on applying liberative pedagogies in engineering education, leveraging best practices from women's studies and ethnic studies to engage students in creating a democratic classroom that encourages all voices.


I seek to revise engineering curricula to be relevant to a fuller range of student experiences and career destinations, integrating concerns related to public policy, professional ethics and social responsibility; de-centering Western civilization; and uncovering contributions of women and other underrepresented groups.
Oh, dear. Here's advice for anyone considering Purdue for engineering: RUN AWAY AS FAST AS YOU CAN.

Because we've seen where this horseshit leads in the humanities and literature: Amy Alkon does a little looking past an anonymous piece written about the selection of a writing professor. The university in question hired a black woman instead of the white man, and the black woman is incapable of writing correct English.
The consumption of Nollywood films in the United States is a site of complex translational engagements and a location of disjunctured processes that illuminate how Diasporas are imagined, created and performed.
Let's simplify that. "The watching of films is a place where cultures mix."

The watching of films is a place. Fail.

But poor grammar and writing is a pandemic, one that's the result of the postmodernist horseshit that's rotted academa to the core. Bonus points for saying something which is completely the opposite of what you intended to:
Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech; it is hate speech.
If you read what the idiots wrote, you know they mean to say that it's perfectly okay to shut down speech which "undermines the existence and rights of others" bceause it's hate speech, and that any time you have speech which "undermines the existence and rights of others", it's not protected by the First Amendment.

But what that statement actually says, as written--if it means anything at all--is that if you act to silence speech that "undermines the existence and rights of others" you yourself are committing hate speech. Nor can they work out how to tack on a subordinate clause without inverting the meaning of their statement.

Let's fix it for them:
Shutting down rhetoric that undermines the existence and rights of others is not a violation of free speech, because that sort of rhetoric is hate speech.
Of course, that removes the semicolon, but at least the sentence now means what the writer originally meant for it to mean.

The semicolon: only use it if you know how.

Sixty-four thousand dollars a year to attend that shithole, and the girls can't even punctuate correctly.

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I just don't know what to say about it.

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