Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Whenever the folks in The Old Main Propaganda Shop put up a post like the one about alcohol abuse at Penn State that I blogged about the other day, my first thought is that they are responding to some negative publicity or anticipating some negative publicity. However, I didn't bother to try to figure out the impetus for alcohol abuse post before I blogged about. Now I've stumbled on to the likely external event that triggered it. The post went up on The Old Main Propaganda Portal on Thursday December 17th. This American Life aired an entire program on Penn State's alcohol problem on December 18th.

This American Life really captures what it's like around here on a football week and it's not pretty. I highly recommend a listen. It's very informative and, at the same time,  entertaining in only the way that This American Life and Ira Glass can be.

You can read some of the student reaction to the program at Onward State. Most of them are in deep denial and incensed that This American Life failed to mention how special Penn State students really are. Ok, you can stop laughing now.

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Anonymous said...

Spanier's comments to the faculty as presented in the T.A.L. feature and the way he sidestepped this issue of banning alcohol on campus take disingenuity to new heights. I also didn't know that alcohol is permitted in the luxury boxes -- a clear indication that money talks louder than anything else.