Humanities, Religion, and Higher Ed

Sanctuary for the Humanities – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

^^ Take a couple minutes to read the article here, by Christopher Noble.

Though I find myself deeply sympathetic with his premise, that only “people of the Book(s)” can fully value the humanities, there’s a lot about this article that bothers me.

For one, I think he caricatures agnostics and atheists.  I don’t find my friends who hold those positions to be less interested in texts and discourse; I think they’re far MORE engaged in the humanities than many religious people.

Second, doesn’t his argument dehumanize people?  He’s kind of saying, “The humanities don’t matter unless you believe in God.”  But I thought the humanities mattered because all of us are HUMAN ….  You know, imago Dei and all that…..

Get up to speed on #GamerGate

The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It’s Gamergate.

^Good read.  Read it.  Because threatening women needs to stop. Period.

There is a reason why, in all the Gamergate rhetoric, you hear the echoes of every other social war staged in the last 30 years: overly politically correct, social-justice warriors, the media elite, gamers are not a monolith. There is also a reason why so much of the rhetoric amounts to a vigorous argument that “Being a gamer doesn’t mean you’re sexist, racist, and stupid” —a claim no one is making. Co-opting the language and posture of grievance is how members of a privileged class express their belief that the way they live shouldn’t have to change, that their opponents are hypocrites and perhaps even the real oppressors. This is how you get St. Louisans sincerely explaining that Ferguson protestors are the real racists, and how you end up with an organized group of precisely the same video game enthusiasts to whom an entire industry is catering honestly believing that they’re an oppressed minority. From this kind of ideological fortification, you can stage absolutely whatever campaigns you deem necessary.

What we have in Gamergate is a glimpse of how these skirmishes will unfold in the future—all the rhetorical weaponry and siegecraft of an internet comment section brought to bear on our culture, not just at the fringes but at the center. What we’re seeing now is a rehearsal, where the mechanisms of a toxic and inhumane politics are being tested and improved.