A Facebook Rock Star

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A Facebook Rock Star

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My friend has become a Face­book rock star after he posted a video of his trig­ger warn­ing for his edit­ing class at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity in Baltimore.

The post got nearly three mil­lion page views.

I have been giv­ing a trig­ger warn­ing on the first day of class every semes­ter. This is it: This is going to be a dif­fi­cult class,” said pro­fes­sor John McIn­tyre, who also works as an edi­tor at The Bal­ti­more Sun, “and I must say, it is incum­bent on me to tell you, this course is unre­lievedly, thor­oughly, appallingly dull.”

At a time when col­lege cam­puses have become lit­tered with trig­ger warn­ings and safe zones, McIntyre’s cap­tured the essence of the debate over the idi­otic tilt of uni­ver­sity life.

Part of what is going to be dif­fi­cult in this class is that if you are like the 700 or so stu­dents who have pre­ceded you here, you are wob­bly in Eng­lish gram­mar and usage,” McIn­tyre said. He blamed the edu­ca­tional sys­tem for either not teach­ing the sub­ject or blow­ing it badly. Rep­e­ti­tion, he argued, was the key to learn­ing how to use language.

McIn­tyre added this final point: “One of the rea­sons you are in a uni­ver­sity is to expe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity types, dif­fer­ent senses of humor, dif­fer­ent approaches to the word. I am not the only jack­ass you will ever encounter in your adult work­ing life. Use this semes­ter as an oppor­tu­nity to pol­ish your cop­ing skills.”

See the entire video at https://​www​.face​book​.com/​b​a​l​t​i​m​o​r​e​s​u​n​/​v​ideos

His video got noticed by The Huff­in­g­ton Post, Buz­zfeed and Teen Vogue. Each of them also noted the neg­a­tive com­ments about the video. Here’s how McIn­tyre responded to his critics:

I am con­sid­er­ing a form response to non-​serious neg­a­tive comments:

Hav­ing read your com­ment, John McIn­tyre expresses his sym­pa­thy for your disability:

□ Lack of a sense of humor

□ Propen­sity to rash, super­fi­cial judgments

□ Assump­tion of facts not in evidence

□ Inca­pac­ity for civil discourse.”

Rock on, John!


A per­sonal note: I had a minor rock star moment when I was inducted recently into the Iowa Music Asso­ci­a­tion Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Take a look at https://​www​.youtube​.com/​w​a​t​c​h​?​v​=​E​G​p​o​u​67Yahw


Christo­pher Harper, a recov­er­ing jour­nal­ist with The Asso­ci­ated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Wash­ing­ton Times, teaches media law. Read more at www​.media​mashup​.org


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My friend has become a Facebook rock star after he posted a video of his trigger warning for his editing class at Loyola University in Baltimore.

The post got nearly three million page views.

“I have been giving a trigger warning on the first day of class every semester. This is it: This is going to be a difficult class,” said professor John McIntyre, who also works as an editor at The Baltimore Sun, “and I must say, it is incumbent on me to tell you, this course is unrelievedly, thoroughly, appallingly dull.”

At a time when college campuses have become littered with trigger warnings and safe zones, McIntyre’s captured the essence of the debate over the idiotic tilt of university life.

“Part of what is going to be difficult in this class is that if you are like the 700 or so students who have preceded you here, you are wobbly in English grammar and usage,” McIntyre said. He blamed the educational system for either not teaching the subject or blowing it badly. Repetition, he argued, was the key to learning how to use language.

McIntyre added this final point: “One of the reasons you are in a university is to experience different personality types, different senses of humor, different approaches to the word. I am not the only jackass you will ever encounter in your adult working life. Use this semester as an opportunity to polish your coping skills.”

See the entire video at https://www.facebook.com/baltimoresun/videos

His video got noticed by The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Teen Vogue. Each of them also noted the negative comments about the video. Here’s how McIntyre responded to his critics:

“I am considering a form response to non-serious negative comments:

Having read your comment, John McIntyre expresses his sympathy for your disability:

□ Lack of a sense of humor

□ Propensity to rash, superficial judgments

□ Assumption of facts not in evidence

□ Incapacity for civil discourse.”

Rock on, John!


A personal note: I had a minor rock star moment when I was inducted recently into the Iowa Music Association Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGpou67Yahw


Christopher Harper, a recovering journalist with The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and The Washington Times, teaches media law. Read more at www.mediamashup.org