Thursday, February 23, 2006

Regulating heckling 

When a controversial speaker comes to a college campus, he or she can expect to be heckled (for some spectacular examples, see the hugely entertaining documentary about Ann Coulter, Is It True What They Say About Ann?). That's what college students do, and unless it gets out of hand and interferes with the actual speaking I have not heard of somebody actually being disciplined for it.

Until now.

Here's an example of a college regulating the content of a single heckle consisting of two words, neither of them obscene.

Friendly observation that the blogger in question knows how to heckle herself.


By Anonymous Sam, at Thu Feb 23, 08:17:00 AM:

Yeah, that's pretty typical. I didn't see any evidence that the community college tried to "regulate his speech" tho. The admins exchanged some words after he walked out, and the student faces "possible disciplinary action", which is next to meaningless.

Now, if you went to one of Bush's pre-screened P.R. events and shouted some reference to his coke-and-whiskey days from the 70's, for example, then you'd see some real "disciplinary action".  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Thu Feb 23, 08:42:00 AM:

Probably true, but college campuses are generally thought to be akin to free fire zones -- probably why Bush rarely, if ever, speaks at them.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sun Nov 09, 11:08:00 PM:


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