A while ago I authored a post on the poor quality of the campus newspaper at the university I attend. In my usual curmudgeonly-yet-jovial fashion, I complained about the lockstep of the paper’s editors and editorials with the Huffington Post. All of these people come from a Liberal Arts background, and have little to no knowledge of the hard sciences.
This got me thinking, “What skills do these people actually have?”
I tracked down the linkedin page of one of the paper’s frequent contributors (offenders?). Examination of the gentleman’s LinkedIn page speaks little in terms of qualifications, but plenty otherwise:
- Bachelors of Arts, Communication-Public Relations & English-Professional Writing
- Professional Organizations
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
- American Advertising Federation (AAF)
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Office
- Microsoft Word
- Customer Service
- Time Management
- Public Speaking
- Social Media
- Social Networking
Whoever decided that “Social Networking” qualified as a skill, I haven’t a clue. It is worth noting, that his recommendation counts are 2 or less. This man’s resume says basically “I am a professional manipulator,” and now is somehow fit to lecture an entire student body on economic and scientific policy. As I have already discussed, “public relations” is a euphemism for “propaganda” that was invented after the Second World War.
But he is certainly a true believer when it comes to lefty progressivism. As Noam Chomsky has said in his recorded audio sessions, to be an effective propagandist you must “feel it in your bones.” Jacques Ellul has said the same thing. There is something about the liberal mind that makes him attach himself to propaganda. To invoke Ellul, it is not clear if the propaganda makes the totalitarian mind, or the totalitarian mind makes the propaganda.