Tech article miscontrues actios of Vest in Michigan
Anyone could guess that a guiding idea in journalistic writing is to present as many perspectives on a topic as possible. Sometimes this principle seems to set journalists scrounging for alternatives like grade-school children whose teacher has asked them to outline 10 of their own bad qualities. The Tech's citation of the Alternative News Collective ["Charles Vest next president," June 27] had the texture of just such a feeble clutch at an alternative. The only content of the last five paragraphs was activists at University of Michigan do not think Vest is a saint.
The article gives a doubly-
indirect quote: "People of color have had `a lot of problems' with Vest." Now there's a slammer. Are people of color supposed to be immune from problems? Of course not; we are encouraged to
read into that that white people have fewer problems with Vest. But no evidence was given to support that claim. The sample problem given to support the first claim is, as presented, plain silly. Would you prescribe patriotic sensitivity training for a thief of a road-sign? Or gender sensitivity training for a thief of a woman's Frisbee? No. Because scavenger-hunt vandalism is not treason or misogyny, and neither is it racism.
I'm disappointed to see activist trivia displace information in Tech articles.
Matthew Swift '91->