Re: mid-evil funnies

Fiona Moore (al772@FREENET.CARLETON.CA)
Sat, 12 Nov 1994 21:56:28 -0500

> But I want to raise another question: was the intent of the orig-
>inal *levity* poster really to establish a category *STUPID* that everyone
>on Anthro-L could both recognize and feel superior to? Not to mention the
>intents of all the contributors to the levity thread....

As an undergraduate myself, I didn't feel particularly condescended-to (is
this a new word?) by the "levity" thread--in fact, I contributed one of my
own exam errors to it (blush). I thought the purpose of the thread was not
so much to portray all undergraduates as stupid as to gain a few laughs.
After all, _Punch_ magazine ran a column reprinting humourous typographic
errors from newspapers without once incurring an angry letter to the
effect that they were putting down copy editors....

> I don't think most university teachers think their students are
>*stupid* but rather these students are uninformed, educable [they better
>be--or else a lot of us will be out of jobs], and perhaps ill-served by
>their prior education. Didn't Dan Foss or anybody else on Anthro-L ever
>ask a naive question? Doesn't learning progress by asking questions,
>however outlandish or naive they may seem?

I think everybody here is aware that not everybody who goes into an
anthropology course is as eager and well-informed about anthropology as we
are (slight sarcasm). I also expect that everybody here has some stupid
exam response hiding in their closet behind the skeleton.
Long live the "levity" thread! We can't be serious all the time!

Fiona Moore

"Didn't I tell you not to get involved?"
-_Brazil_, 1984