By now, everyone who gets even a glancing blow from our media knows what's happened at the University of Missouri. In short, a gaggle of really uninformed and childish "students" so mixed our First Amendment with bully totalitarianism that the University's President (obviously a man whose lack of backbone enabled him to slither his way off campus) elected to resign rather than stand up for what's right. The University will certainly be damaged by this activity; not only in its reputation (interestingly enough that reputation includes having one the premier journalism schools in the country), in being seen as a school real students will avoid and, not least of all, in sponsors and donors.
The following video is self-explanatory. These children are so far out of line that it's staggering. For example, one student says the besieged photographer for campus news (and freelancing for ESPN) and a student reporter by the way--are told they can't take photos or interview other students--of their little "encampment"/protest. When one of the young men reminds them that he has as much a First Amendment right to take photos on a public place under circumstances for which there can be no expectation of privacy, they escalated their attacks by blocking his shots, surrounding him, yelling at him and generally acting like a group of out-of-control toddlers.
Watch and bemoan the state of higher education that is sweeping America. (I am, however, grateful these little cretins gave me an opportunity to actually use the word "bemoan"):
That harshly shrill voice, ironically, belongs to a very "progressive" media professor, Melissa Click, who has written about Lady GaGa's brave stance against--are you ready?--bullying! Prof. Melissa has now become a national object of scorn, mainly for her role in this absurd incident and for being the voice of "we need some muscle over here".
These kids are in for a very disappointing future. Can you imagine them someday working and having to attend a course on leadership! The sheepish bleating will be deafening.
And now, thanks to blogger Bob Livingston's Personal Liberty Digest for having found it, we can see a very tongue-in-cheek scenario of what our educational future may devolve into if we continue on our current path. It comes from Australia and is simultaneously funny and frightening: