Warning triggers rob us of our wisdom


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“Protesters mistakenly claimed that the vaccine didn’t work.”

So, the reporter said in last night’s TV news.

As some of you may have noticed, I call the little weasel “wrong”. Without it, the sentence would have been read well — the protesters made a claim, which may be right or wrong.

But seeding the phrase “wrongly” is to slip from the rational task of reporting into the realm of opinion and beyond that into pure promotion.

It happens so often that we hardly notice it anymore. The little word “wrong” is actually a trigger warning and is routinely added to news reports of claims that are considered to be against the public interest or against the general story. It warns us that what we are about to hear is not entirely true.

Oddly enough, the formative authors of our world are subjective and narcissistic, as opposed to the objective notion of truth, so the opinions they dislike are absolutely wrong. I’m absolutely sure!

It will be interesting if you are not scared. Such a small thing actually scares me more than a big, brave and obvious bullying act. Big Brother can be scary if you yell at you, but it’s even more dangerous if you drop a hint or whisper quietly in your ear. You may not even notice it.

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Audiences will watch the fourth round singles match between Ashleigh Barty of Australia and Amanda Anishimova of the United States on the seventh day of the 2022 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia on January 23, 2022. (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

It’s been a few years since I worked in a university environment. The changes since I left were so great that I would probably be stunned if I returned.

Those who have overcome these changes have generally succumbed to imposing increasingly absurd restrictions on their freedom to speak and to think against trends.

When even a tenure associate professor like Jordan Peterson felt his position unsustainable, the safety of their work was silent on the increase in the amount of garbage released overhead by the awakening tsunami. What does a contract instructor do when relying on consenting?

So far, I’ve spoken incorrectly. One small, embedded trigger warning is a very gentle and compelling, subtle tweak to warn of errors. But there are tens of thousands of larger examples.

The University of Nottingham (UK) warns students (who were adults the last time I checked) about the dangers of reading George Orwell’s “1984”. What a delicious irony!

And who would put Shakespeare’s “Othello” on the reading list today?

In addition, Bard College (New York) has begun “decolonization” of the curriculum, requiring “exercise staff” to undergo compulsory anti-racism training.

And of course, poor JK Rowling has problems everywhere. Apart from her abuse and deplatforming on her Twitter, they can’t really stop her because she’s successful in her self-employment. Few people are lucky.

The flow changes, but things get worse before it happens. Social media platforms such as Facebook and TikTok foster a culture of subjectivist madness among young people. For many of these young people, sexual fluidity has now become a fascinating pseudo-reality, but the science-based notion of distinguishing between men and women is simply regarded as false.

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On October 24, 2018, activists will meet to assist transgender on the steps of the New York City Hall. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Alienation of youth and facts Their alienation from the world is accelerated by changes in educational practices — so many social theories, so many identity attitudes, very undisciplined thinking, very little history.

I said that the tide will change, but are you dreaming? I think the percentage of reactive commentary on print media is slowly increasing.

Although the platform was lifted, as Jordan Peterson bravely overturned the previous ban and allowed the University of Cambridge to speak (to a full audience) with fiercely opposed teeth from hostile minorities. Some have been platformed again.

But the biggest problem we all have to face is timidity. People are too afraid to evoke stupidity. This can be understood if you know that whistling can endanger your work and that online abuse from normally invisible enemies can make your life miserable.

We all sympathize with such fears and hope that in the same situation we will be bold enough to resist it.

But when we are driven by mere anxiety about the possibility of losing friendship, being noticeable from the crowd, and being beaten or bullied in the troublesome school playground of everyday life, we are worth despising. there is.

If you dare to oppose them, who needs you the kind of friends that deprive you of their friendship?

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

David Daintree

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David Daintree is the director of the Christopher Dawson Cultural Studies Center in Tasmania, Australia. He has a classical background and teaches late and medieval Latin. Dane Tree was a visiting professor at the Universities of Siena and Venice and a visiting scholar at the University of Manitoba. He was President of Campion College from 2008 to 2012. In 2017, he became a member of the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday Honor List.