Jul 312015
 

Today, my BoWilliams.com visitors, for whom I hold significant adoration, I shall bang out a post from start to finish whilst totally avoiding our most common linguistic symbol.

(Not really, but I did manage an entire, meaningful sentence. Wow, writing without the letter E is pretty hard.)

Not sure what I’ve got for you today, dudes and dolls. My friend Cameron and I were texting so I asked her what to write about, and she laid a lot of good ideas on me, but all pretty heavy. I’ll suss out some things for next week from her input.

So, I’m all the way to the fourth paragraph without saying really anything at all! Are you impressed? I should write political speeches. I actually had a killer idea at lunch yesterday for a post I think would be screamingly funny, but I wouldn’t want my real name on it. Might need to give that some thought. I mean, it’s irreverent and potentially offensive, not just immature. If it were only about boogers and Pop Rocks or something, I’d put it here. Some days it’s a low bar, as longtime readers shall readily attest.

With that I’ll say I’ve stolen enough of your day, dear hearts. Have a marvelous weekend, and as always, thank you for reading BoWilliams.com.

 Posted by at 9:45 am
Jul 282015
 

I was less intellectually and spiritually sure of myself in college than at any other time in my life. That’s just how it should be. Higher education is about many things, but it must be about questioning everything we think we know.

It should be more difficult to be fat and happy with your beliefs at a university than at just about any other place in the world.

And that is why the proliferation of “safe zones,” the prattling about “microaggression,” and the massive growth of speech codes is one gigantic travesty.

Look, we’re all adults here. Let’s seriously consider the notion that if it takes longer than ten seconds to explain why using this term or that is offensive, then there’s a really good chance the offense is manufactured. Political correctness is obnoxious everywhere, but it’s hugely toxic on college campuses.

For example, I learned today—hat tip, Katherine Timpf—that the word “American” is offensive. Do go spend some time with the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide.

You see, “American” excludes South America, as well as Canada and Mexico. (Never mind that there is not another country whose official name ends with “America” besides the United States of America. “United Statesian” just rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?)

“Senior citizen” is offensive, too. Use “old person.” (Really?)

“Obese”? “Overweight”? No. “People of size.” (Presumably “lard ass” is verboten as well.)

I’m sick of this crap. You know if someone’s offending or not without reading some stupid “language guide.” Grow up.

 Posted by at 8:49 pm
May 272015
 

So, for my latest sociological peek into something not intended for me but about which I was curious—see also AshleyMadison.com—I’m fresh off having a week-long look at Yik Yak. It’s an anonymous social network on which you “yak” and reply to everyone who’s paying attention within a 10-mile radius about whatever’s on your mind (in […]

 Posted by at 7:31 am

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