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.