By Edward Parsons
Should you proofread your work before you post it? Yes, you should. Should you superciliously scandalise an innocent administrative error? No, you should not. Here’s why:
In light of Exeter University’s track record of individual cases involving anti-Semitism, racism and sexism at both the Streatham and Penryn Campuses, the last thing us Exeter students need right now is more muckraking. Our reputation has already been stained in the eyes of students across the country, thanks to a negligible and idiotic minority who did not consider the implications of their actions. Yet, some students seem determined to drive us further into the mud.
People make mistakes all the time. So what if the Career Zone accidentally quoted a Nazi general? Strictly speaking, it wasn’t even Career Zone, but a screengrab from Quotefancy. People make innocent mistakes all the time, and The Falmouth Anchor even highlighted this in their own article. I don’t see why they considered this Career Zone kerfuffle as newsworthy, especially when it was a mistake on the part of the Uni and not actually a genuine cause for alarm and outrage.
Perhaps it is because some people want to jump on the virtue-signalling bandwagon?
I can’t help but feel this case is one of many examples of a tendency among some young people in our generation, to aggrandise ‘trifles’ (see what I did there), excite angst and rile themselves up, making a case for concern where there really is none; in order to demonstrate just how good and virtuous they really are. The biggest problem with virtue signalling is that it enables people to express something an opinion or idea in a certain way, in order to superficially indicate that they are in good moral standing, without actually helping make the world a better place as a result. They don’t have to do anything to help humanity, simply give the impression that they care.
Further, due to human nature, virtue-signalling behaviour always draws our attention, irrespective of the validity of the issue being raised (be it fact or fiction). In this instance, the article in question unnecessarily brings to the fore a politically charged subject, at the expense of Exeter students’ and Career Zones’ image; for seemingly no good reason other than to remind us all that Nazis are bad (thanks Captain Obvious).
‘Don’t stir the pot’
… was how I intended to finish this article, but in recent days some of the UK’s most notorious newspapers have jumped on this ‘controversy’, in new online articles with a sinister and inflammatory spin, proving my point about muckraking even further- and they didn’t even have the decency to credit us as their source.
What a time to be alive.