Friday, January 20, 2006

Faculty Spying

I keep starting and stopping posts on this subject because I haven't quite find a way to express some thoughts in a way which probably won't be misinterpreted (perhaps because the thoughts are a bit muddled), but let me just add that none of this would be an issue at all if these idiots weren't plugged into the conservative media machine. The point is to intimidate, and the power to do so doesn't come from some idiots with a web site it comes with the implicit threat that you'll show up on O'Reilly one day and suddenly "professor nobody" will become Wingnut Enemy #1 over some out of context classroom quote. Classrooms aren't really public spaces and professors generally aren't public figures but the conservative bullshit machine rarely respects such boundaries.