Thursday, September 29, 2011

Its all about Context

Actually a reassuring exchange on the show

U. of Wisconsin Professor and Administrators Clash Over Posters Called Threatening
September 28, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Stout has come under fire from free-speech advocates for refusing this month to let a theater professor decorate his office door with posters described by some administrators as threatening. The conflict over speech began when the professor, James Miller, hung a poster from the science-fiction television series Firefly that referred to killing. The campus police chief took it down, telling Mr. Miller in an e-mail exchange that he could face a criminal charge if he rehung the poster or another one similar to it. When Mr. Miller hung a second poster denouncing fascism as leading to violence, the campus police took it down, as implying a threat, at the urging of a campus threat-assessment team that had conferred with the university system's office of general counsel. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free-speech advocacy group, has accused the university of censorship, but top campus officials argued in an e-mail to the faculty and staff that they had "a responsibility to promote a campus environment that is free from threats of any kind." As discussed in a July 31 Chronicle article, colleges have struggled to balance free-speech and security concerns in dealing with complaints that faculty members have somehow threatened others on the campus.


Dear Joss,

When people are deprived of your geniusity stupidity happens. Clearly this professor doesn't get the "time and a place" thing and is bringing his Jossian Safety Blanket to work. I think he should get a tattoo and take this moment in the spotlight to rail against FOX for cancelling Firefly to begin with.

In the end all conflict can be brought back to FOX.

Love Always,

I like your shoes.