Keeping this in mind might help to explain to those to whom it's not obvious why it's troubling to see students embracing the idea of chilling uncomfortable or what they deem to be offensive speech. Reason reports that the Ithaca College Student Government Association is attempting to create an Internet-based system for reporting and tracking microaggressions on campus.
This type of monitoring encourages the same self-policing and timidity toward controversial ideas - conformity and fear - and creates the same dangerous climate of uncertainty that Snowden's defenders claim that NSA spying has encouraged. As many have pointed out, it encourages this self-censorship in the environment where voicing, testing, and challenging ideas - even and especially our most cherished beliefs - is most important: in an academic setting. It turns out that it's not a stretch to say that Snowden would agree this is problematic.
"The bill, sponsored by Class of 2018 senator Angela Pradhan, calls for the implementation of a campus-wide online system to report microaggressions to “make Ithaca College a safer, more inclusive and diverse community for all students.”...
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The system would also contain a way to distinguish between staff, faculty members and both international and American students, as well as a mechanism to include where the microaggression took place, Pradhan said.
She said the demographic information would be used as data regarding the issue of microaggressions. Currently, Pradhan said there is no data system tracking microaggressions at the college.
The bill does not currently state that the names of people accused of committing microaggressions will be reported. While Pradhan said she believes the names of alleged offenders should be reported, she said there could be possible legal barriers."" - The Ithacan