23/6 Deconstructs Wesleyan Liberalism

23/6 spoofs Wesleyan students’ reactions to Obama at commencement with a kind of lame fake Wespeak. How many people at Wes actually fulfill this Kucinich-supporting, deconstruction-happy stereotype? Although this is an “overstimulated, underinformed Wesleyan sophomore”, so I guess there could be one out there in particular:

Though I’m just a sophomore, I snuck into Barack Obama’s commencement speech this weekend (stickin’ it to the man since 1988!) to listen to the words of wisdom of The Great One, as he’s informally known on campus.

Don’t get me wrong–I dig on Barry’s commitment to bureaucratic transparency, his refreshing approach to diplomacy, and his mad oratorical skills as much as the next former Kucinich supporter whose hopes were dashed early in the game. But in this campaign of firsts–first black, first female, first semi-qualified Republican (!)–I fear we may simply be reversing course and privileging novelty and change over the tried-and-true and status quo, just as Derrida would point out we have always privileged speech over text and man over Woman.

23/6: An Overstimulated, Underinformed Wesleyan Sophomore Writes a Campus Newspaper Editorial on Barack Obama’s Commencement Speech

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22 thoughts on “23/6 Deconstructs Wesleyan Liberalism

  1. wincheck

    How many people at Wes actually fulfill this Kucinich-supporting, deconstruction-happy stereotype?Quite a few, during my time at Wesleyan. I remember arguing with about 90% of my friends that Gore and Bush would NOT be the SAME president, despite Ralph Nader telling them so.’02er

  2. wincheck

    How many people at Wes actually fulfill this Kucinich-supporting, deconstruction-happy stereotype?

    Quite a few, during my time at Wesleyan. I remember arguing with about 90% of my friends that Gore and Bush would NOT be the SAME president, despite Ralph Nader telling them so.

    ’02er

  3. johnwesley

    also, how do you “sneak into” an outdoor, open to the public, event? Was that satire or just lazy research?

  4. johnwesley

    also, how do you “sneak into” an outdoor, open to the public, event? Was that satire or just lazy research?

  5. Anonymous

    The thing is, in order to reference Derrida in your satire of Wesleyan students you actually have to know Derrida, which kind of undermines your satirical credibility.

  6. Anonymous

    The thing is, in order to reference Derrida in your satire of Wesleyan students you actually have to know Derrida, which kind of undermines your satirical credibility.

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