May 21, 2003
COLLEGE IS A FORCE THAT DRAINS THE SAVINGS

Chris Hedges, the NYT reporter and author of "War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning," got heckled during his commencement speech at Rockland (?) College outside Chicago. Amy played it this morning on "Democracy Now" -- in the middle of his speech, you can hear the graduates booing, firing Fog Horns, and then eventually the mic gets cut. Hedges starts up again, talking about the way that war shapes culture, America's addiction to it, and the need for friendship to counter war-instincts, and then the mic gets cut again. this time, students get up on stage.

Now, the student's behavior was outrageous, wrong, juvenile. But I also wondered about Hedges just showing up to reel off his politics without really walking people into it. Commecement isn't a moment of high-consciousness. It's the completion of maybe the most expensive four years of your life coupled with mimosas.

Posted by phrisky at May 21, 2003 10:42 AM
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as my commencement speaker said (i don't even remember his name), "the only thing you'll remember about this speech is that it was short." riot averted. mimosas saved.

Posted by: elia on May 21, 2003 12:00 PM
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