I know I’m just grumpy, but this promotional mailing from Ithaca College rubbed me the wrong way:
Ready to write environmental wrongs. Ithaca College will turn your academic passions into unforgettable experiences — and make you ready for the adventure of your life.
I know that the first sentence is meant to be a clever pun, but it’s not. At first glance, I thought it was a typo or blatant grammatical error. On second reading, I thought Ithaca was promising to teach students how to plan to create environmental wrongs. On third reading, I realized that Ithaca is offering to teach students how to “list” environmental wrongs, although I suspect there’ll be a fair dollop of creative writing (i.e., anthropogenic climate change) thrown in.
The whole thing — with the smug girl and the promise that documenting, or making up, environmental wrong is the “adventure of your life” — made me queasy.
Am I overreacting? I probably am. But as Kurt Schlichter said about Lena Dunham’s and HBO’s vile, nihilistic show Girls, we need to know what’s out there, because it is out there, and it’s aimed at our children.