Wednesday, June 20, 2012

VA Again: Hey Gang, Let's Do a Show!

Once again, what were they thinking at UVA, when they called up the President and said "oh by the way, you're fired"?  So far,  I think the most plausible account comes from  David Karpf over at Huffpost, who makes it all sound like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland shouting, "hey gang, let's do a show!" Somebody told them that on-line education is the new, new thing. They slapped together a few news clips and a large dose of self-reassurance. Recall the syllogism--major, something must be done; minor, this is something; conclusion, let's do it.  Teresa Sullivan is left as the fuddy-duddy typing teacher who asks where they are going to get a cast, a hall, a band, a roll of tickets, and by the way has anybody given any thought to their homework yet.  In a word, nothing: they were thinking nothing, and firing a president was pretty much part of the adrenaline rush.


Anonymous said...

one of my sons and my three grandsons are UVA grads -- a grandson married a fellow UVA grad. i like the school. at least one person involved in the firing has resigned. this aint over.

Ebenezer Scrooge said...

Gotta agree that the UVa board bears all the hallmarks of an adolescent gang. But Buce left an important hallmark out: adolescent slang, easy enough to decode, but impossible to use correctly unless you're a kool kid.

Actually, I'm being a bit unfair to adolescents. Adolescent slang is often fresh and witty, at least before Time Magazine discovers it. Business jargon is neither.

Anonymous said...

time magazine had an article about greek yogurt in the recent issue about illegal kids. wanted to read it but black type against a dark green background aint worth the trouble to try to decipher.