"This is, after all, a trip through America, in all of its splendor and ugliness."
Symbols as signs (signifier + signified) cohere and constitute peoples under specific cultural orders. Let's not forget their power.
Like all of us, I am the product of institutions. I hope to graduate with a doctorate from UNC in communication this August. While I have been well educated in the specifics of my discipline, the most important thing I take from this place is a better way of being a human in community with others.
This tale is about pride and humility. It begins with me being an uncomprehending jackass and ends with me being an insensitive one. This won’t be a first or last.
The health risks of smoking, even to smokers, are accepted as reality. Yet to paraphrase i‑ek, we know what we are doing. We choose to do it anyway.
If God has any reserve of mercy, this election will be the last great grand showdown between two Baby Boomer presidential candidates. One, a miserable lying egotist.
A large fuss is boiling over Jay Ellison’s communiqué scare quoting the phantom menaces of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Here he cheaply casts UC in the culture war against what almost always exist as benign, noncoercive practices.
Election years tend to push to the surface a common belief that binds together most, if not all, Americans: We are all entitled to things. So many things.
I could argue that more guns carried, particularly on campus, equals more crime and death, but the evidence does not support that argument in a satisfactory way.