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Members of the MIT community have to learn to recognize satire



To the Editor:

We wish to thank David Israel-Rosen for raising a critical issue which has long been in our hearts and in our minds. His response to a German House letter exemplifies an important deficiency in some MIT students' education. We are not agreeing or disagreeing with the German students' views, and we are not even going to mention that horrid eleven letter word, p---------y. The root of the problem is this: The majority of MIT students are unable to recognize satire.

Perhaps if people read columns carefully before responding, this misunderstanding could be avoided. However, until people do this, we suggest that The Tech implement the following proposal. All satire should be printed in italics. This will reduce confusion on the editorial pages, and perhaps someday we will become half as intelligent as Harvard students.

Mark Longtin '88->

Daniel Mittleman '88->