I see comedy entering a more difficult, more painful era. For the past eight years of Bush and Cheney and the intern years of Clinton, we were pretty much stenographers. Come Jan. 20, comics and writers will actually have to make up satire instead of relying on cut-and-paste inanity lifted directly from political speeches and off-the-cuff remarks of the newsworthy.

  • NY Times: Are Academics Different? Prof. Stanley Fish tries to determine where to draw the line between academic freedom and simply screwing around and wasting everyone’s time. As usual there are a lot of folks in the comments who claim there’s almost none of that “wasting everyone’s time” stuff going on. I wish they’d say which specific colleges they’re talking about, so we can make sure we get those added to our kids’ short list.
 

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