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Checking in with… KC Johnson

Me: There is no reference to the behavior of the lacrosse players in the section you quoted. KC: I am pleased to see that you are no longer denying that Matherly’s post referenced the lacrosse players’ behavior. [Update below] There’s the essence of my latest exchange with KC Johnson in the Durham-in-Wonderland comments — as […]

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Stupid conservative tricks

Back in 2004 the Duke Conservative Union (DCU) looked up the political party affiliation of 178 Duke faculty members in the humanities and then took out an ad in the Duke Chronicle announcing that the vast majority were registered Democrats. Only 8 were registered Republicans. A day later the paper ran a lengthy piece with […]

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Slaves to the metanarrative–postscript

Here’s a quick follow-up to my last entry. KC Johnson has just posted to Durham-in-Wonderland his own rebuttal to Robert Perkinson’s review of Until Proven Innocent. There’s some substance to it, including a few paragraphs about the Hunt and Gell cases that go beyond the I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I rhetoric of his recent feud with Tim Tyson. But […]

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Slaves to the metanarrative

For some reason a few days ago my blog came to the attention of the Liestoppers forum. The referrer links prompted me to take a look at their new digs for the first time since the old forum imploded a couple months ago. Those forums were a copious record of the grim and wacky world […]

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Professors debating badly

A few weeks ago I wrote about Tim Tyson’s answers to a reporter’s questions about the lacrosse case, and about KC Johnson’s response (the interview with Tyson, originally on a News & Observer blog, made it into print a few days later). Among other things I was disappointed that Tyson wasn’t willing to think more […]

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The trouble with tribalism

The word of the day is “tribalism.” I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Kenya, where there’s no way to avoid the word—certainly not after the post-election violence at the beginning of this year. In a New York Times op-ed a few months ago, Roger Cohen takes the idea of tribalism on a whirlwind […]

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There can be only one story

It’s interesting to see how bits of news reverberate through the blogosphere. Thanks to some saved searches in my Google reader, I’ve seen a number of lacrosse-case stories make the rounds. The bigger ones have generated some lasting buzz—the motion from Duke’s side to shut down the Duke Lawsuit website, the surreal news the accuser, […]

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Alan Kors and the unbearable sadness of educating

It’s a culture-war commonplace that the Left has dumbed-down higher education with its namby-pamby political correctness, hostility to the Western canon, race- and gender-obsessed pseudo-scholarship, etc. What I’m finding, though, is that nothing dumbs down a professor like the culture war. Exhibit A is KC Johnson’s Durham-in-Wonderland (DIW), where a facade of PhD-quality analysis masks […]

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Gossip and banter from all over

The criticism KC Johnson posts to Durham-in-Wonderland (DIW) can be a lot like gossip—a sanctimonious account of foolishness, outrage, and scandal. I guess it’s appropriate for it to circulate like gossip, too. Lately the hatchet job he did on the Social Text paper by Duke professors Robyn Wiegman, Wahneema Lubiano, and Michael Hardt (“In the […]

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The latest adventures in Wonderland

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sticking my nose into web forums here and there, trying to generate some feedback for my recent posts about KC Johnson and his blog, Durham-in-Wonderland (DIW). No doubt I’ve been too pushy and opinionated about it—that’s always the temptation on the net. My bottom-line issue at the moment […]

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