Archive for the ‘The March 14 D:F/M Faculty Meeting’ Category

D:F/M Flash Mob Does a Bronx Cheer – Part 1 of 3

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

[A version of this blog post was sent to D:F/M Members Regarding the March 14 Faculty Meeting]

This rebuttal addresses comments of Colleagues Isabel Pinedo, Kelly Anderson, Larry Shore, Peter Parisi, Karen Hunter, Ricardo Miranda and Jay Roman at the last faculty meeting, especially the attack victimology embraced by several Colleagues and threats about censoring the WORD.

 

The Usual Suspects

1) Isabel Pinedo & Savage Humiliation

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D:F/M Flash Mob Does a Bronx Cheer – Preface

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Several years ago, after being awarded a educational technology grant from Hunter College, I started the WORD in a collaboration with students to teach journalism, especially news writing. That effort blew the minds of everyone at Hunter College and the City University of New York who were serious about or believed in the importance of student journalism and student writing. Accolades and praise resonated from the Hunter campus to the Chancellor’s office. Then President David Caputo told an assembly at an Hunter College Senate meeting that everyone should read the publication. 

Publishing started during that rancorous period when CUNY was being pummeled by the New York Daily News and the New York Post and the Manhattan Institute and their cohorts for failing its mission to teach and that failure supposedly was reflected in reports and studies that students couldn’t write. And though there was one or two decent CUNY student publications producing stories, most were an embarrassment. The WORD was a breath of fresh air.

“I hear you’re doing well,” CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein told this writer in an impromptu meeting in the office of Michael Arena, a CUNY administrator.

That significant accomplishment also fired up imaginations in the Hunter College Department of Film and Media Studies, inspiring and unleashing what can best be described as academic thuggery of biblical proportions.

The Usual Suspects

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James Aronson Awards Coordinator Peter Parisi Supports News Censorship of the WORD: Boycott the Aronson Awards

Friday, April 13th, 2012

I’m telling my students to boycott the event. I’m telling everyone in the journalism circles I frequent to boycott the event even if they never heard of  the Aronsons. I’m telling them to tell their friends and associates.

Peter Parisi [From his facebook page

Regarding Colleague Parisi’s comments at the March 14 faculty meeting supporting censorship of the WORD: How incredibly hypocritical. How incredibly obtuse — as he and Colleagues dumb enough to support him are about to learn.

I was not exaggerating when I recently told Colleagues in the Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, about the contempt in journalism circles for this event and that I had to put someone in place at the Polk Awards last year for intimating that I somehow was involved with this Parisi coordinated farce.

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