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This is a link post Modern. Postmodern.
Just saw this on ВКонтакте (the Russian Facebook). Interesting choice of images and text. No further context available. Do we have (m)any slavic B3tards?
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 18:37, Reply)
This is a normal post No, but somewhere some earnest undergraduates are discussing the significance of this meme in the current geopolitical climate.

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 19:52, Reply)
This is a normal post And fair play to them.
Surely that's the point of being an undergraduate.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 20:27, Reply)
This is a normal post No. It's about banning people from speaking, tearing down old statues, and banning books and stuff in order to make a safe space.

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 20:58, Reply)
This is a normal post They were the bits I enjoyed.
Not my speakers, statues, books and stuff obvs.

I don't think the 'safe space' stuff is as prevalent as is reported, but it might be, I don't know. It smells of something to get people outraged about. Old statues, who cares really. Some statued figures were relevant and celebrated in one time, not so in another. Build 'em up, rip 'em down, the history books will record the good and bad.

Banning any book is abhorrent, as is banning any legal speakers. My dealer used to disagree with me about the weight of the dope he was selling me. Through that I learnt about portable scales, how to get along with people who think they have power over you, and when to shut the fuck up and run.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:20, Reply)
This is a normal post They're dishing out a lot more firsts these days, 10% or even more is typical, it was a pretty freakish thing in my day.
I fear the safe space thing is real.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:53, Reply)
This is a normal post Perhaps, I don't know.
Firsts did seem to be the preserve of those who'd totally misunderstood the point of higher education. Or totally understood. I always found those students less fun than the rest, but consequentially far richer and with more influence than me.

But anyway, who outside the civil service really cares about a first v a desmond? It's about what you do and can do, surely. Certainly been the case in my profession (IT).

Here, have a funky flutey song.
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 22:21, Reply)
This is a normal post You do know that students are paying £9,000 per year for a degree now?
Paying £300 per week for something has a way of concentrating your mind...
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 22:40, Reply)
This is a normal post Your logic doesn't stand up to any scrutiny.
The fact is a greater number and greater proportion of people are attending universities. This is not going to raise academic standards. There has been an explosion of really unacademic and unintellectual courses (e.g. hospitality management). This is not going to raise standards. It's a Douglas Hurd for you my simple friend.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 10:31, Reply)
This is a normal post A Third for you too then
for representing your fears as fact, and offering no supporting evidence for your objectively provable assertions.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 12:44, Reply)
This is a normal post It is reasonable to assume that worthwhile subject matter for
University level education has not magically become objectively easier or harder since 50 years ago.

If is also reasonable to assume that humans have not evolved significantly in Britain such that we are objectively any cleverer on average than 50 years ago.

The only thing we know we have changed is that we are now putting approximately 50% of people through further education, where it would have been only the most able 10% around 50 years ago.

So either we should see an absolute truck load of people getting 3rds, or the grading standards must have been made less rigorous. Or one of the assumptions is incorrect (hint: we definitely haven't become cleverer).
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 14:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Or we’re working harder.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 15:15, Reply)
This is a normal post You may be working harder, but you're definitely not getting any brighter.
Either way, you're hard work.
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 15:36, Reply)
This is a normal post Don't flip ya lid.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 19:49, Reply)
This is a normal post Never liked that one.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 21:30, Reply)
This is a normal post We're talking about students here.

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 20:19, Reply)
This is a normal post Is ВКонтакте pronounced Bukake?
EDIT : Well that is what I get for cut and pasting Russian...
(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:29, Reply)
This is a normal post What the fuck is that shit?

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:33, Reply)
This is a normal post It is what you get if you copy the Russian text in the OP then paste it into a post.

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:35, Reply)
This is a normal post *learns*

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 22:22, Reply)
This is a normal post I think you got your point across.

(, Sun 15 Apr 2018, 21:35, Reply)
This is a normal post Hopefully
all over their face(book)...
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 17:24, Reply)
This is a normal post When unicode goes wrong, it makes you seem like a very irate Beano character

(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 6:27, Reply)
This is a normal post Try posting it in to the body rather than the title. It works
No one knows why.
ВКонтакте
(, Mon 16 Apr 2018, 18:05, Reply)