Last week, I saw the end of civilization. Turning the corner of Dodge from Low Steps to 116th and Broadway, I saw a man trudging down College Walk with the familiar stooped gait of someone sending a text message. This guy was enthralled by that even rarer breed, the iPad.
When Bollinger stands with hair flapping
Your grandparents all will be napping
We’ll sit there in rows
And stare at our toes
When suddenly there will be clapping.
The problem isn’t necessarily the technology itself, but us. Our worst competitive tendencies run rampant as we feverishly develop online personas within every social network, and then neglect to consider how else we could be spending the same amount of time.
Why would the school want to close “one of Columbia’s open secrets” and “an effortlessly cool place on campus”?
Instead of running away from the good fights, Democrats need to encourage activist campaigns, allowing good ideas to filter up through the grassroots in exchange for financial support from above.
Life is not a purposed whole, but a cycle of tirelessly building up our physical and mental capacities before hurrying to obliterate our senses. Could any of this make us happy?
Depending on how progressives react, the current intellectual vacuum among conservatives can either legitimize irrationality or finally neutralize a failed set of principles.
Our own administration could benefit from replicating Obama’s success, talking to students more openly about why things work the way they do and communicating with other offices so that knowledge is not so specialized.
Never have conservatives’ odes to market forces seemed more delusional than now, as the market’s unregulated force sweeps the country into a historic recession. But many elected Democrats are right there with them.
At the beginning of this school year, we wrote that Columbia activists ought to unite. This ideal hasn’t been fully realized, but we have seen a remarkable reorientation towards needs outside of our marble fortress.
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