Grow Up Kent State Mag Staff –Cagle
Frankly, it is nearly impossible to thumb through the pages of a university magazine—especially one with a liberal leaning like Kent State—and not find the prose littered with F bombs. It's a byproduct of a new-found media voice combined with the desire to shock readers. That desire generally wears off around graduation.
• Referring to this as an example of censorship is an insult to the plight of journalists around the world. These kids were asked to alter the content and apparently walked away in a huff. Just a wee bit different from those people who lose their lives or are jailed for promoting a free press.
• I don't think it is out of the ordinary for a printer to exercise his/her discretion in deciding whether content is objectionable. It's a free country, and if you don't like what you hear from vendor A, another one is right around the corner.
• I feel bad for the printer that did the job, Printing Concepts of Stow, OH, which was portrayed by the student newspaper (and aggregated by our Website, unfortunately) as charging a $2,200 premium over the other printers for rush charges.
Ron Taggart, Printing Concepts' president, doesn't believe in sitting in judgment over literature that some may find offensive, yet the company still got portrayed as a bad guy. Inaccurate reporting is the primary culprit, a case of an overzealous reporter trying to blow the lid off of the biggest cover-up since Watergate.
• Lastly, I never cease to be amazed by the youth of today who are adept at being able to find fault in the world when they haven't even found themselves yet. It is certainly not a knock against the LGBT community, as I am 100 percent behind people being comfortable in their own skin and celebrating who they are inside and out.