Friday, April 15, 2011

What is it about academia and groupthink??

It's been pointed out many times that, despite claims to the contrary, academia is about as insular a group in their common value and thought as any enclave.  And they're very quick to jump on any bandwagon that fits their meme and to 'la-la-la-I-can't-hear-you' if facts prove to the contrary.  Take the case of Crystal Magnum, the stripper who accused the Duke lacrosse team of rape (ht to Himself/Mr. B at the Middle of the Right for mentioning her this morning regarding the fact that the boyfriend she stabbed died, which has her up on murder charges).  Duke University and the so-called 'Group of 88' jumped on the case without proof (none of that silly innocent before proven guilty stuff needed--we're educated) and crucified those young men without any evidence whatsoever.   When it was proven that Crystal's story was a fabrication, there was no apology--the Group of 88 just slunk off into the libraries and offices of Duke University.  If you want to see hubris--check out KC Johnson's Durham-in-Wonderland, which chronicles the lacrosse case and the follow-ups as well as the further actions of the Group of 88.  It's enough to make you lose your faith in higher education.  He also has information about Duke's Sexual Misconduct Policy which takes the guilty-unless-proven innocent meme put forth during the initial lacrosse case to an institutionalized and codified level at Duke, plus a whole lot more.

It seems that Durham is a hotbed of stupidity because a gay student said that they'd been attacked and badly burnt on the wrist by a stranger at 3:00 am.  This has also been proven to be false, but the student paper censored all comments that questioned the story and the campus is ramping up a 'Bandage from Branding' night,even though the story has been dismissed and the student making the claim might come up on charges for filing a false report.  Jon Sanders at the John Locke Foundation's Right Angle blog has an interesting and thought-provoking quote: 
“Specifically because of [their] hysterical overreactions … universities are particularly susceptible to the faked hate crimes to jumpstart “campus dialogue” (i.e., create new speech codes and foist compulsory diversity classes on people).”
 Unfortunately this type of behavior is not limited to the triangle area of Raleigh-Durham.  In Delaware, students were being indoctrinated into 'thinking correctly' about race, gender, sexuality, etc.

Fortunately there are groups, such as FIRE and folks like KC Johnson, who bring all of these abuses of freedoms into the light of day, rather than letting them work in the darkness behind the walls of academe, but it seems that this type of knee-jerk, reactionary, groupthink is like the hydra.  Cut it off at one place and it appears somewhere else.  Maybe this type of indoctrination is why groups like the Lumina Foundation want to have everyone go to college......

2 comments:

Quizikle said...

Now why should we let a few facts or misinformation get in the way of protesting something or another - particularly if it involves telling someone else they can't do something "we" don't like?

Midwest Chick said...

Exactly. Because "we're" the educated elite and we know better than the unwashed peasant masses....