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Have you met the Stepford students? On campuses across the land. Sitting stony-eyed in lecture halls or surreptitiously policing beer-fuelled banter in the uni bar. They look like students, dress like students, smell like students. But their student brains have been replaced by brains bereft of critical faculties and programmed to conform.
I was attacked by a swarm of Stepford students this week. I was invited by the Oxford Students for Life to put the pro-choice argument against the journalist Timothy Stanley, who is pro-life. But apparently it is forbidden for men to talk about abortion.
A mob of furious feministic Oxford students, all robotically uttering the same stuff about feeling offended, set up a Facebook page littered with expletives and demands for the debate to be called off.
So at one of the highest seats of learning on Earth, the democratic principle of free and open debate, of allowing differing opinions to slog it out in full view of discerning citizens, has been violated, and students have been rebranded as fragile creatures, overgrown children who need to be guarded against any idea that might prick their souls or challenge their prejudices.
Their mechanical minds seemed incapable of computing that someone would say such a thing.
Their eyes glazed with moral certainty, they explained to me at length that culture warps minds and shapes behaviour and that is why it is right for students to strive to keep such wicked, misogynistic stuff as the Sun newspaper and sexist pop music off campus.
Had any of them read Philip K. When I told them that at the fag-end of the last millennium I had spent my student days arguing against the very ideas they were now spouting — against the claim that gangsta rap turned black men into murderers or that Tarantino flicks made teens go wild and criminal — not so much as a flicker of reflection crossed their faces.
Then one of the Stepfords piped up. My mind filled with a vision of Mary Whitehouse cackling to herself in some corner of the cosmos. Students are now pretty much the opposite of that.
My Oxford experience suggests pro-life societies could be next. More than 30 student unions have banned the Sun, on the basis that Page Three could turn all those pre-rapists into actual rapists.
Radical feminist students once burned their bras — now they insist that models put bras on.
Stepford concerns are over-amplified on social media. Technology means that it has never been easier to whip up a false sense of mass outrage — and target that synthetic anger at those in charge.Dec 10, · But with so many workers worldwide now working in virtual teams, many business relationships do depend on technology.
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