Harvard Warns Its Impressionable Youngsters to Stay Far Away From ‘Russia Insider’
Listen to the adults, children
According to astute librarians at Harvard University, your very own Russia Insider is corrupting America's youth and should be considered a gateway drug to exposing yourself to new ideas that might actually challenge your worldview.
Who knows? It's college — anything can happen. When we were in college, students were strapping boxed wine to their bellies to use as makeshift alcohol udders. So thinking outside the box is the logical next step, we suppose.
But honestly, it's probably best to err on the side of caution and stay far, far away from that vile internet URL, "russia-insider.com":
Actually, we are very grateful to Harvard for the shout-out, because it has provided a good excuse for us to comment on two important world issues.
1) We often use a literary device called "metaphor"
Here are two recent examples of Russia Insider publishing "clickbait" fake news. We just did some fact-checking — Mark Zuckerberg did not have a stroke! And Angela Merkel is unharmed and in good health, aside from the bruises she received last night from her Dresden dominatrix.
2) Anyone who "warns", "advises", "suggests" or "threatens" someone against reading something is deeply fearful and pathologically insecure
Unfortunately Harvard University isn't the only institution that has issued a fatwah against Russia Insider. "So it goes".
But we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone — including the impressionable young people at Harvard — to make up their own minds about what they should read.
We know it's a radical concept, but Russia Insider feels very strongly about exposing ourselves and our readers to new ideas — even ideas that sometimes we don't agree with at all. As we wrote not long ago:
Over the last two years, Russia Insider has been home to articles, videos and opinion pieces by people and organizations who span the entire political spectrum. We have opened our doors to straight-up Bolsheviks, White Russian monarchists, progressives, alt-righters, hippies, neoliberals, ultranationalists, etc. etc. etc.As a result, we probably offend no less than 25 percent of our readership each and every day. Trust us, it's good for you.
There was a time — not so long ago — when people were actually capable of encountering ideas they didn't like without melting into a blob of self-righteous sadness.
We are not trained in matters related to psychology, but when we see someone screaming about what people shouldn't read, we immediately think: "There's someone who's scared shitless".