Was Andrew Sullivan right about Berkeley idiots?

Sorry, but I decided to delete the body of this post. I wrote it when I was really pissed off at a Berkeley blogger, and I’m making a resolution: whenever I write something in a state of passion, I will wait at least a few hours before posting it to ensure objectivity and calm. Mind you, I still think I was totally right and the Berkeley guy was way off-base….

The Discussion: 4 Comments

Now I understand the confusion. I was commenting on another person’s comment.

Although I do have to clear up the fact that I’m a student in the course, not the professor.

I think the full perma-link should clear things up.

November 13, 2003 @ 12:36 am | Comment

First blog flame war

This world of blogging is indeed quite interesting. I now got into a verbal argument with the author of http://www.pekingduck.org. The argument is over my last post on pronounciation. I was posting on a comment made on his blog by…

November 13, 2003 @ 1:53 am | Comment

And, I will clarify for you Arthur. I re-read my post, to make sure that I didn’t make any comment that was overly Maileresque, and I don’t believe I have.

I was not mocking any non-English speaking students at Cal, nor do I believe that “American” should be adopted worldwide. If anything, I believe that more Americans should learn more languages – I, myself, speak one semi-fluently, minored in a language at the University and learned Spanish in high school and continue to try to use it in work (okay, it’s Spanglish, but I’m making an attempt). And, when in foreign countries, make an attempt to at least honor the culture and language – while in Italy, learned all the pleasantries for the two weeks there, and can speak a few phrases in Cantonese as well.

The mispronouncation of the city was a quote from a professor in college. It was made in a flippant way, but was very fitting. Cal seems to embody a bit of an “air” about themselves as the end-all, be-all in education. The fact was that my department at my poorly underfunded state university was and is ranked higher than Cal’s department.

The joke was the city was named after the English philosopher George Berkeley, who pronounced his last name Barkley, but that the scholars at Cal didn’t know enough to correctly pronounce the name of the city.

But, it does go to the point that Cal students might take themselves a wee bit too seriously.

November 13, 2003 @ 7:17 am | Comment

Damn. I really want to know what you said..


November 15, 2003 @ 7:55 pm | Comment

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