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I hadn’t heard of Twigger Warnings before the other day but it seems like a hot topic today.

For all of their reputation for free thinking, universities can be governed by well-meaning but stifling liberal orthodoxy. The latest example comes in the form of the push on several campuses for “trigger warnings” — statements that advise students that a particular book or other work includes disturbing content that might trigger traumatic reactions in certain people. – Warning, this editorial may upset you: Our view

As you might expect, Rich Lowry doesn’t mince words.

It is profoundly infantilizing. If someone can’t read Crime and Punishment (warning: includes scenes of near-madness, violence, sexual exploitation, cruelty to animals, and smoking) or Hamlet (warning: includes poisoning, drowning, stabbing, and intense intra-familial conflict) without fear of being offended, he or she should major in accounting. – Warning: Literature Ahead

And here is the opposing view.

Trigger warnings in the classroom don’t censor material. Neither are they an excuse to avoid challenging subjects; instead, they offer students with post-traumatic stress disorder control over the situation so that they can interact with difficult material. They don’t protect “fragile personal sensibilities” or remove offensive content. They recognize and validate a real mental issue. – Trigger warnings avert trauma: Opposing view

Here I think is the obvious problem: There is simply no way for someone to anticipate something that will someone else will find to be a Trigger. That is what Mental Health Professionals do in one-one-therapy sessions, it is never going to work on a large scale. And I have to admit that I find it interesting that the advocate is a College Sophomore.

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