And you thought the ACB was bad…

Have you heard about Juicy Campus?

I hadn’t, until I came across a column in Newsweek’s Education section called “Modern-Day McCarthyism“. In the column, Evan Thomas, a journalism professor at Princeton, compares Juicy Campus to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s smear tactics in the 1950s:

The bullies and gossips have found a way of exploiting a new medium—the Internet—to have their fun. Unlike McCarthy, who craved publicity, the modern-day campus blowhards thrive on anonymity. But they are alike in knowing how to use the medium of the moment to attract large audiences to smear individuals, who have no effective recourse.

What’s Juicy Campus, you ask? Mr. Thomas can explain:

Juicycampus.com, the Web site for campus gossip that urges students to “just give us the juice,” has been popular since it arrived at Princeton earlier this winter. Postings entitled “Most overrated Princeton student” and “Sluttiest Girl,” along with another discussing who was rejected by Princeton’s eating clubs, were viewed more than 10,000 times, according to the school paper, the Daily Princetonian.

From what I’ve seen of it, Juicy Campus is the ACB on steroids.

Check out Juicy Campus and you’ll see what I mean. Select your campus and anonymous cruelty is readily available and easily categorized. Want to read some dirt on your English professor? Click on the Faculty/Administration tab. Smear your enemies on the Students tab, or let loose on the frat that failed to give you a bid on the Greek Organizations tab.

With a single click (on the Virginia Tech page, for example), you can read about how “Kelley F******* is a self-centered whore “. Not enough? Maybe you didn’t know that “DZ girls are SLUTS”:

bottom line is, if you want pussy: go knock at their door. they’re always ‘open’ and i assure you they don’t mind. their argument is: “sure, we’re sluts but at least we’re popular”

After you cut through the talk of pregnancies, penis sizes, and the various venereal diseases of different girls on campus, don’t forget to check out the number of epithets hurled at unpopular professors.

You can even help build community on the site by rating each post’s juiciness!

I guess my biggest problem with this sort of anonymous online gossip is, well… is this not the kind of stuff that encourages people to shoot up their high schools? Or colleges? And what, if any, positive contribution to society can come of this sort of anonymous malice? What light (or rather, darkness) does this shed on the ACB? And on anonymous comments on blogs such as this one?

26 thoughts on “And you thought the ACB was bad…

  1. Anonymous

    My personal favorite from a college I almost went to, entitled “How to receive your passing grade”: If you need extra credit, or just have pitty on a geek, especially from a poly-sci professor, have sex with him in his office before lecture class. This guy is so pathetic that he doesn´t even know how to rub a clit nor how to please a woman. I believe prof. R. Marcus is married but hair like that, and breath that could stop a train. Ask him about his extra assignments from his office, you make his pathetic week. Don´t worry about STD´s, he´s Jewish.

  2. Anonymous

    My personal favorite from a college I almost went to, entitled “How to receive your passing grade”:

    If you need extra credit, or just have pitty on a geek, especially from a poly-sci professor, have sex with him in his office before lecture class. This guy is so pathetic that he doesn´t even know how to rub a clit nor how to please a woman. I believe prof. R. Marcus is married but hair like that, and breath that could stop a train. Ask him about his extra assignments from his office, you make his pathetic week. Don´t worry about STD´s, he´s Jewish.

  3. Anonymous

    I think this thing would have made it over here with or without Justin posting about it. And chill out, it doesn’t even support Wesleyan yet

  4. Anonymous

    I think this thing would have made it over here with or without Justin posting about it. And chill out, it doesn’t even support Wesleyan yet

  5. Brandi

    Both ACB and Juicy seem like the worst ideas ever. You’re already at a small liberal arts college, do you really need anonymous websites to facilitate the rapid spread of vicious gossip about your peers? Trust me, you don’t.

  6. Brandi

    Both ACB and Juicy seem like the worst ideas ever. You’re already at a small liberal arts college, do you really need anonymous websites to facilitate the rapid spread of vicious gossip about your peers? Trust me, you don’t.

  7. Anonymous

    10:30–yes sort of on purpose, also i don’t have a blogger identity. and also, uh, hello, i wasn’t shit talking anyone?

  8. Anonymous

    10:30–

    yes sort of on purpose, also i don’t have a blogger identity. and also, uh, hello, i wasn’t shit talking anyone?

  9. Anonymous

    hey maybe the negative spin Justin put on this might do something to discourage self-loathing assholes here from starting up shit on this Juicy site as well as on the ACB

  10. Anonymous

    hey maybe the negative spin Justin put on this might do something to discourage self-loathing assholes here from starting up shit on this Juicy site as well as on the ACB

  11. Anonymous

    Okay sorry but why the FUCK did this need to be posted. As if enough negativity doesn’t come out of the ACB. Now the chance for our names to be slandered will increase even more!!! Fuck this school, fuck talking shit about people on the internet just because you are insecure, fuck making other people depressed because of an anonymous online forum, fuck you Justin for bringing attention to this new medium, and fuck anyone who says mean shit about other people ON THE INTERNET ANONYMOUSLY.

  12. Anonymous

    Okay sorry but why the FUCK did this need to be posted. As if enough negativity doesn’t come out of the ACB. Now the chance for our names to be slandered will increase even more!!! Fuck this school, fuck talking shit about people on the internet just because you are insecure, fuck making other people depressed because of an anonymous online forum, fuck you Justin for bringing attention to this new medium, and fuck anyone who says mean shit about other people ON THE INTERNET ANONYMOUSLY.

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