University examines hate speech on social media

2016-03-04 13:30

I was examining the items on a recent 'standardized' hate speech test enforced by an elite University on their  students and staff.

I wanted to investigate whether the test adopts a ‘humanistic and critical conception’ of education (Are you impressed, with my use of jargon, above?).

The first item in the test asks: Recent violence and disruptions on campus were caused by ongoing commentary on facebook, twitter and social media?

The choices are: A) True, B) False.

The second item asks, what constitutes hate speech?

The choices are: A) incite violence, B) incite harm, C) constitute hate speech, D) All of the above.

The third and final item asks, what should you NOT do on social media with regards to content that constitutes hate speech?

The choices are: A) post, B) tweet, C) like, D) tag, E) retweet, and F) All of the above.

The right answers, then, are clearly choice A, for the first item; choice D, for the second item; and choice F, for the third item.

I know what you are thinking...

But your questions are ..?, But how can you link....?, But freedom of ...?, But what if I did not ....?, And how could you know ... ?

“Tut tut, you are not the big shot here. I tell you what to think and you must learn to repeat. Now, take these notes!”

The more you listen, the better you will do in tests. The state and corporations need disciplined people who can take orders. If you learn to listen and repeat my orders now, you will get to rent yourself for wages and pay taxes for the rest of your life. We need you soldier! Are you with us?

Now, learn to passively respect those in authority and power, or starve. Stop dreaming. Humanistic and critical education died soon after the enlightenment, and the oligarchs again quickly extinguished its rebirth in the 60’s. Men with brains like that of Donald Trump exhausted their imagination. They believe that this rote way is the best way to educate a society... for them.

I know you are confused how Apple, a mega corporation, is fighting for your privacy, while a higher education institution appears to be limiting your freedoms. You should be confused. They like you bewildered. They don’t want you to think.

Critical thinking will only make your head hurt. Or even worse, you will discover the ugly truth and may stop behaving like a machine.

Now go be a good citizen, comply with that test, watch a sitcom on TV, maybe catch a game, grab a beer or glass of wine, snack on some fast food, get ready for work, go on... live the proper life.

And remember your freedoms are so precious, someone else has to watch over it for you.

*The standardised test is a figurative device.

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