From Jason Lief
So have you heard of this app? Yik Yak? It's like an anonymous Twitter--post anything you want without anyone else knowing who you are. I came to know of this glorious innovation from a colleauge who showed me post after post of students upset about this or that. Lectures, professors, assignments, sporting events--anything and everything came under relentless attack. I found out that our small Christian college is under attack by liberals and feminists. That's funny really... there are conversatives at Dordt who are more liberal than the liberals, but I'm getting off track. Honestly, I'm not exaclty sure what to make of it. I mean, I remember complaining about professors and assignments and forced lectures...in my dorm room with my fellow belly achers. But we didn't have the tehcnology to broadcast it. The real question: Would we have done so if we could have? I'm also reluctant to complain about practices that give young people a voice--often a subversive voice--in a world that is overly structured and crammed down their throat. Could Yik Yak serve an important cultural function by giving voice to ideas that might never be heard? Maybe.