wo kinds of conservatives are drawn to the business major at Liberty Tech. First are the genuinely naive, true patriots, often small-towners, admitted despite lower SATs, but nurtured on an undying faith in the capitalist system. And then there are their sharper, sharker brethren, more common to some suburbs, eighteen-year-olds who are already so practical, cynical, and business-minded – willing and wanting to extract as many dollars from the world with as little effort as possible – that the idea of learning to read, write, and think, perhaps only for reading, writing, and thinking’s sake, seems like a complete waste of time. Perhaps this latter group sees the written word for what it is, a weak, dying symbol being replaced by the stronger, more virile image. The image, of course, they could use to turn a profit. At times, Duffy would try to impress on them the importance of learning the written world to become a manipulator of these all-powerful images as opposed to someone manipulated by them. The advertisement creator as opposed to the consumer of advertised crap. But this lesson did not always seem to sink in, and besides, isn’t that why they will be consuming marketing credits next year? As too many Liberty Tech freshmen see it, the entire content of first-year writing – with its leftist pity for the alienated worker, the woman, the weak – is a complete waste of time.
Fight for your long day – Alex Kudera