Earlier this week, Laura Davis left a comment suggesting that I was being a big meanie by picking on college student, Ryan Lyk, over the weakness of his writing. Within the same comment, she suggested that I should take his writing seriously, which was confusing, but I played along.
Regarding the picking on a poor college student theme, which happens to be one that Ryan Lyk has used in his own defense in the past, Davis had this to say:
Don’t you have better things you could do with your time other than go after a conservative college student blogger? . . .
The world would be alot better place if you stopped preaching to the rest of us about how we should spend our time and perhaps looked in the mirror about how you choose to spend yours in hate against a youthful person.
Does Davis have a point? Perhaps. In my opinion, whatever point she does have should be weighed against this Tweet by Ryan Lyk only hours after Davis posted her comment:
Yes, that’s correct. Ryan laughed when a student was “destroyed by the professor.”
If professors are really “destroying” their students, are they helping them learn, or are they making them think twice about raising questions? It’s hard to say without more information but it certainly doesn’t sound like a healthy teaching environment.
Politically blogging, as practiced on sites in Minnesota Democrats Exposed, is less about teaching than it is about framing and/or misleading readers and reporters about the reality of a situation. Attacking someone for that type of behavior (along with pointing out when they steal photos or entire stories) seems pretty tame compared to the behavior that Ryan Lyk appears to be endorsing in his Tweet.
Granted, if this was some sort of Sam Kinison moment, that would be pretty darn awesome: