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Snapshots: Facebook birthdays, CIVL family values, political correctness, miscarrying misconceptions

Snapshots, curtailed commentary on current conditions: Facebook birthdays, CIVL family values, political correctness, miscarrying misconceptions



Snapshots Issue 32-02

I don’t care that it’s your birthday

I am on Facebook, your friends are on Facebook, and hell, your mom is probably on Facebook. Facebook is the main way people connect in our society today. I have nothing against Facebook as a whole, but what I can’t stand is when someone on my friends list has a birthday. I get notifications from Facebook reminding me to post a public birthday message for them, and I have the pleasure of seeing post after post of half-hearted happy birthdays like I was urged to do.

Seriously, people, if you are good enough friends with someone to wish them a sincere happy birthday, surely you have their phone number or another, more personal and genuine means of passing along the sentiment. Is Facebook guilt-tripping us into wishing people happy birthday? I don’t know, but you certainly won’t see me posting happy birthday on your wall any time soon.

Jeffrey Trainor

Snapshots Issue 32-03

CIVL “unsafe?”

Several weeks ago, I read a comment on Facebook that has stuck with me. The comment referred to CIVL being unsafe for LGBT students because it has given radio shows to a couple of people who promote their views relating to traditional family values. Debates about the potency of the term “unsafe” aside, I have never understood the notion of being repelled by opposing ideas. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where freedom of speech is constitutionally protected as a fundamental freedom. As such, we should appreciate hearing opinions different from our own, for this highlights the invaluable freedoms that our country has afforded us. We should also be receptive to opposing ideas as a way of enriching ourselves and our own views.

However, if hearing opposing opinions truly makes you feel unsafe, then perhaps think about starting an authoritarian regime, à la North Korea, where you can compel everyone to have the same mindset as you.

Terrill Smith


PC problems

I fully support and promote kindness and consideration towards others, and that no one should be made to feel unsafe or discriminated against. But it seems we’re at a point where many people are becoming afraid to discuss almost anything openly for fear of unintentionally offending any sensitive soul who might feel “unsafe” simply because they have a differing opinion, or use a word they find inappropriate.

I often hear that intention means nothing compared to impact; well of course impact is very important, and people should be conscientious of how their words may affect others. But when someone who obviously did not intend to hurt anyone does so accidentally, I think their intention should mean at least something. Attacking, berating, and belittling others is not the way we should go about promoting education, acceptance, and understanding.

Kat Marusiak 

Snapshots Issue 32-04

Miscarrying misconceptions

It’s time for the mounds of bullshit to be swept aside. For some reason it’s still believed that common colds are caused by the cold weather, but it really just coincides with close contact due to winter. “No swimming after you eat” is a lie; food won’t cause your muscles to cramp. Sugar isn’t related to hyperactivity in children; they get sugar when they’re more likely to be hyper, like at parties, at Grandma’s, and around Halloween. The frightening notion that marijuana is worse than booze is the most absurd. A study done by the Independent Committee on Drugs (ISCD) ranked alcohol more dangerous than crack, and even heroin. It can destroy your life in ways that others cannot and it’s readily available and legal. All this serves as a warning: be sure to check your facts whenever an old wife spins you a tale.

Mitch Huttema

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  1. Charlie Steele

    December 5, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Quick response to those talking about safe space. First, safe space is a concept different from the common definition of safety. If you’re unaware of its meaning I suggest looking it up before criticizing it. To ask whether CIVL can be a safe space is like asking whether CIVL can be a bakery. That’s just not what a radio station is. The question makes very little sense.

    Safe space on campus is important though and it has little to do with shielding oneself from opposing viewpoints per se. Opposing viewpoints are everywhere and marginalized groups like LGBT people get no rest from hearing them. Safe space isn’t intended to create an echo chamber, but a break. It’s a place that we can go to get away from stressful BS for a while. As weird as it might sound, being told you’re going to hell or that you identity isn’t real all the time eventually gets painful.

    Safe space (awesomely) provides a different experience as well. Because those oppressive views are unwelcome the views of the oppressed people are better able to come out. Safe space is in fact a promoter of free speech in the sense that on the outside oppressed voices are censored by social sanction and oppressive behavior whereas inside they are allowed to be heard. This creates a greater diversity of opinions in general rather than remaining in the liberal/conservative echo chamber of mainstream modern discourse.

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