The University Professor Feared by Puritan, Conservative Parents

November 8, 2008 at 2:22 am (Fun, In Real Life, Journaling, Poltical-ish) (, , , )

I’ve wanted to take History of Mass Media since fall quarter my freshman year. I’ve been looking forward to attaining “Junior” status purely to take this class. It technically applies to one of my majors, but I’m really just taking it for fun.

The professor makes this class amazingly fun to listen to. He’s a bleeding-heart liberal, and I mean that in the best possible way possible. He didn’t print out our syllabuses, just told us where we could download them and then encouraged us to read them on our computers and not print. He wants to save paper.

His lectures reflect political viewpoints, as well. I’ll give him credit–he’s honest and up front about his blatant biases, instead of hiding them through layers of self-proclaimed truth. But he’s liberal. He is the liberal university professor feared by Puritan, conservative parents.

I’m usually against extremism. Strike that, always. I’m extremely against extremes–I can get on quite a soap-box about it, but just take my word. I disapprove heartily.

Listening to my professor’s lectures, though, and the comments he interjects is just fun. I was surprised to think so, and yet, it is.

For instance–we discussed media coverage of women during WW2 in America, and he used that example to talk about the dangers of propaganda. He talked about the danger of handing over our civil liberties, the danger of allowing a government to take a paternalist stance–hell, to let the media take a paternalistic viewpoint on what people need to know.

Maybe I’m just so far on the left, but that just makes sense to me. His lectures–his liberal, left-wing spoutings, just make sense. It’s common sense to guard your civil liberties–it’s common sense to not listen blindly to the media and to the government.

I strongly believe in the quote “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”

That’s not to say I support terrorism, or violent protests, or anything extreme or violent. It’s that I believe governments should respect their citizens, and have a healthy, respectful fear for them. It is people that make a government. Especially, but not exclusively, in democracies–we are the ones who decide our president, who approve initiatives, who elect our voices in almost all branches of government. We have a lot of power over our government, and as a result, our government should have a healthy, respectful fear for that power.

It would work a lot better if more people believed in that power, and utilized it. So many people I know, even fellow students, don’t have faith in their own power–they don’t realize the control they have in their lives, extending as far as politics. They see politics as a dirty, messy frustrating game only because the only time they tune in is during campaign season (which, of course, is when politicians look the worse).

This past election helped build a trust back with a lot of disillusioned voters, I think. Even if your candidate didn’t win, it was still an amazing election to take part of–to take part of and see come to fruition a fair election, where one winner was decided by the people. No confusion, no scandals (I’m talking right now only of the president’s election) to further disillusion people in “the system”.

It was refreshing to take part of this election. It will be exciting to see the next four years.


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