1. Do you defend Ciccariello-Maher's tweet: "All I Want for Christmas Is [sic] White Genocide" or "Abolish the White Race"?
2. Would you defend a professor saying "Abolish the Black Race"?
4. If the anonymous white dudes who sent Drexel "threats" are indeed anonymous, how do you know they are white?
5. Can anyone point to the value that Ciccariello-Maher offers to the students of Drexel as an instructor or the academics as a researcher and intellectual?
6. Do you understand that "Academic Freedom" is not a right, but a conditional privilege granted by this private university to its faculty?
7. Aren't you worried that the academics like Ciccariello-Maher are endangering the necessary role of the university in our society but polluting it with pseudo-academic disciplines, and politicizing their scholarship and teaching?
6:12 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
> "I asked my students to explain the relation between white masculinity and mass killings"
This is racism.
7:53 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
No, it isn't.
7:55 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Generalizing people by their pigment is racism. Democrats have been doing this for nearly 200 years.
8:02 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
>want to show white people are mass killers
Leave the gang shootings out
>want to show why gun violence needs new laws
Leave the gang shootings in
8:29 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Statistically, there is no relation between white masculinity and mass killings.
But he'd have to be a real academic to understand that.
8:50 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Gruber the Booger:
10:00 pm — Wednesday, 11 October 2017
So if a mass shooting happens in Africa it's because of black masculinity?
If a mass shooting happens in Latin America is it because of hispanic machismo?
If dogs kill other dogs is it due to canine masculinity?
When white blood cells attack and kill migrant bacteria is it genocide? Or just racism?
Who is this guy again?
12:14 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
It must be tempting for people to project their own prejudices onto current events.
Take a step back and remap their argument to penguins or ducks and see if it still makes sense.
"Mass killings by penguins are a result of penguin masculinity."
Take homosexuality, for example. All kinds of animals practice homosexuality. Are homosexual penguins an affront to God because they're homosexual?
Occasionally ducks rape dead male ducks. Does that mean that gay rape and necrophilia are due to some human condition? Or did ducks learn their behavior from watching humans?
1:23 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
Of all the people for Gruber to defend. This dipshit?
4:15 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
>Of all the people for Gruber to defend. This dipshit?
Gruber is an idiot. What did you expect?
4:39 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
The guy has a hyphenated name, for fuck's sake. No further information necessary.
4:59 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
administrative leave means he gets paid and doesn't have to work, right?
That's like ULTIMATE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED.
5:13 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
The professor sounds like a joke, but it does appear to be true that the right is just as prepared as the left to stifle speech when it suits them.
7:19 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
So, does this Professor guy use a Mac, or what? What is going on with this blog?
7:27 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
"The professor sounds like a joke, but it does appear to be true that the right is just as prepared as the left to stifle speech when it suits them."
The problem with this argument is that this guy is a balls-out racist. White genocide?
But many of the profs on the other side - people like Bret Weinstein - are academics talking about well established research that just happen to not fit the woke narrative. Like that of biological sex differences, for example.
Now, you can argue that all sex differences are the result of culture. You'd be nuts, but it's an argument (and an increasingly fashionable one). But to put these profs into the same box as this hate-speech spewing maniac is not reasonable.
10:04 am — Thursday, 12 October 2017
IT's good that Grubs is not white anymore. Way to go, Grubs!
4:36 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
I just don't understand what Gruber is doing these days. He updates so rarely, and when he does he usually just links to political articles with little to no commentary of his own. He completely ignored the big Google event (even though he liked the original Pixel and said it was the best Android phone), and he's way behind the curve on breaking Apple news. There's still no responsive or mobile version of the site, which is almost unheard of in 2017, and this makes the text hard to read on mobile browsers (especially since Chrome prompts me every single time to create a readable mobile version). I've really enjoyed Gruber's commentary on Apple for many years, but we get so little of it now that I'm probably going to stop checking this page.
Not that he owes this to anyone, but it would be great to get some kind of update from Gruber as to what he's working on these days instead of this blog. He must have some new project that's taking all his time.
4:59 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
good thread. one thing i'd add is that this guy is not a liberal.
liberals should not be put in a position of feeling forced to defend him lest they be painted as right-wing.
this guy is the antithesis of liberalism.
gruber is setting a cowardly, shameful example here.
5:27 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
> liberals should not be put in a position of feeling forced to defend him lest they be painted as right-wing.
It's defending speech you may not agree with. It's pretty clear from the linked tweets that the guy is not a liberal.
There was a recent incident with students shouting down and ACLU representative bacause the ACLU "would have defended Hitler". It is perfectly consistent with being a liberal to call those students a bunch of dumbasses, even though they would claim to be liberal.
6:15 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
gruber isn't defending the guy's right to free speech.
he's whining because he believes the guy is on his side and then made a zero-sum calculation that his side lost this round because ciccariello-maher was placed on leave.
what do drexel and the students enrolled there gain from having ciccariello-maher in the faculty?
replace "white" and "black" with many of the things he's said, and you'll find a klansman by any other name.
he's free to be a racist. and the school is free to release unqualified faculty.
6:32 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
piece of kit:
> and the school is free to release unqualified faculty.
That's not how tenure works.
7:06 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
tenure aims to protect academic freedom. there's nothing academic about this man.
7:14 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
> he's whining because he believes the guy is on his side...
That's difficult to reconcile with the first tweet Gruber linked to:
> But liberals will drown out all discourse with a deafening chorus screeching "gun control."
Would Gruber not think this applies to him?
7:28 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
> > and the school is free to release unqualified faculty.
> That's not how tenure works.
It kind of is. Drexel's tenure policy is pretty easy to find online. The relevant reasons for termination are:
(a) grave misconduct;
(b) termination for cause that is related directly and substantially to the fitness of the faculty members in his or her professional capacities as an instructor or researcher;
where the AAUP policy documents provide the definitions.
7:35 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017
The Academy Welcomes You:
Anyone with kids or has travelled to the third world know that violence against others isn't a white thing, it's a people thing.
If you stay in your liberal bubble it's easy to forget that not everyone in the world is a nice, polite white person. There are people out there that will gut you for your cellphone, then sell your body parts and clothes. They don't care if you're white, they care if you're rich and stupid.
In fact, liberalism is really the ultimate in white privilege. Only a rich white person would think that everyone is nice, polite, and well-behaved and expect everyone to be the same.
12:31 am — Friday, 13 October 2017
remember when this blog was filled with interesting posts about apple? those were the days...
5:39 am — Friday, 13 October 2017
John, I love your writing. But politics is a disease. It's everywhere we look these days. I come here to escape this kind of garbage. Don't contribute to this country's illness. I work in higher-ed. Higher-ed is broken these days. There's no substance, and it's not even respectable or worth a dime anymore. Just please stop.
3:00 pm — Friday, 13 October 2017
If we wanted political commentary, we could look almost anywhere else and find lots of it. If Gruber wants to get into the political writing game, he has to do much better than this. He has to examine a topic in detail, make phone calls, and attempt to add something to the already-overwhelming conversation. His lazy Apple commentary model does not transfer over.
4:46 pm — Friday, 13 October 2017
Also, how infrequently can you update a blog and still make $8000 a week?
4:46 pm — Friday, 13 October 2017
Sorry for the delay everyone, the 'c', 'v' and 'command' keys on my keyboard broke from overuse. New hot takes are coming this weekend, along with a new sponsor who will not get the traffic they were expecting for their money either.
7:18 pm — Friday, 13 October 2017
TEARS FOR JEERS:
I stopped coming to this site - used to be multiple times a day - when Gruber retired from his tech-insight pieces and moved to peacocking for left-wing lunacy.
Love coming back every few months to see the echo chamber in lives in. So bright in tech, yet so far from logic when it comes to politics.
AND NO, I'M NOT A TRUMP GUY.
1:24 am — Saturday, 14 October 2017
The Academy Welcomes You:
I read DF for the comments. The actual content is pretty marginal these days.
Where's the Weinstein outrage? A republican senator can't get a blowjob from a male prostitute without getting a blog mention here, but Weinstein gets a pass?
2:40 am — Saturday, 14 October 2017
The "tenured professor" wrote what he considered "relatively uncontroversial tweets":
>Why are these crimes almost always carried out by white men? “It’s the white supremacist patriarchy, stupid,”
On what planet are those "relatively uncontroversial"?
Oh, right, Planet Academia!
11:32 pm — Sunday, 15 October 2017
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