The Academy's Hypersensitive Hissy Fits

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the newspaper of record for the field of higher education.  As such, it is presumably a cultural bellwether, indicating the direction in which American, and to some degree global, intellectuals are headed. Scrolling through the Chronicle is like strolling through a carnival of rhetorical excess, with histrionic broadsides about "the crisis in the humanities" and the "war on science."  We pass the occasional popcorn stand selling sentimental concerns about the serf class of untenured adjuncts, who actually do the lion's share of teaching. Lately, however, even my typical delight in sparring with liberals through the Chronicle has been dampened by a plague of articles about people being offended.  Too many of the headlines are about somebody posting a risqué Facebook status or an administrator agreeing to speak before people with politically incorrect views.  The epidemic of umbrage, outrage, and protest...(Read Full Article)