We left it blank for you so you can fill stuff in like going to the movies with your friends (WHICH I DO HAVE) or something.
I wake up in the morning and spec still stands. I roll out of bed, landing on a pile of shredded newspapers. I vibrate as I rise, and walk cloaked over to the bathroom. My spine is like that of a pterosaurus, ridged and curved. I spit in the sink in disgust of specscum i dreamt about. I wipe my mouth. I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the man looking back because i am wearing a mask. Where have the years gone? I ask myself. What happened to me?
Once I was young and full of hope. In NSOP everyone was the same. I had the naive thot that my friends, full of talent and energy, we would all find creative fulfillment, would all find and pursue the destruction of the spec. But they didn’t—many I lost to spec, many to bwog. On the way to class (CC), I walk past pinkberry. I see people waiting at Nussbaum, out of purpose , out of energy, out of hope. This much I share with them.
When I was younger, I remember how magical the firsts were. The first time I post in Bwog comments, the first time I burned a copy of the spect, the first time I got a c+ in lit hum all by myself without any help (no ok like getting tutoring doesn’t count if you only do it once a week.) Those firsts are what the college experience is about. You looked forward to the movement, the experience of college. Then you experienced college and being above a specster GPA became normal, posting on Bwog became mindless, and you thought about other stuff while burning spec.
I talk to other people my age (sophomores), and many of them feel similarly. We are a generation of #sbwal—specsucks but we are lazy. You’re an #sbwal if your bones creak when you get out of bed in the morning. You’re an #sbwal if you look at specscum and feel so much better than them that you dont even need to write dum posts. You’re an #sbwal if every post makes you feel like ur more relevant than spec.
As an #sbwal, I actually leave my room and sometimes talk to freshman. Their ideas, their youth, it makes me feel happy. I enjoy mentoring these young people, showing them the way, showing them my mistakes about where I went wrong in taking down spec. Hopefully they can learn something from me. Maybe I can live forever through them and then they will take down spec because i am lazy.
I write this tapping away on my wordpress. It’s a wonder I’ve figured out how to use it. We didn’t have wordpress when I was a kid—technology has changed so much in my lifetime. I remember when I was younger, there was only Bwog and Spec. We didn’t have any way to fight them. Now, these kids, they can post something on the internet and someone else can see it. What kind of dark magic is this, I ask myself as I light candles in my room.
These new TV’s, I swear, they’re too realistic. I look at them with wonder. Since when did a TV screen become a window?
I was in LA recently, where I met a young specster. She was 17, I was 19. Her body, her smell, they were too dum for me. I had to let her go.
When I exercise I run on the elliptical—on the days I’m not too tired to work out—because my knee blew out when I was in 9th grade. I wear a mouthguard at night so as not to gnash my teeth from nightmares about spec still standing and there’s nothing i can do about it. My google search history includes “biggest regrets before you die that spec still stands” and “what is there to life other than destroying spec.” I’m tired—physically tired, yes, but also mentally and spiritually tired. I listen to “Young and Beautiful”—the line where Lana Del Rey sings “I’ve seen the world”—and I agree.
I’m going to turn 20 soon, but I might as well be 80. I don’t know what else there is to life other than this. I’ve seen all the campus, tried to destroy the spec, and now I’m not afraid of death. Spec,Bwog , the Lion—I’m through with that shit. Leave me alone in a house with a laptop, a library and a nurturing, kindhearted 18-year-old girlfriend and I’ll die in peace.
Here, at the end of the night and the supposed beginning of spec’s destruction, I just feel so, so old.
In contrast to the standard conception of the Spec as cantankerous obstinate, and ubiquitous in their search for truth and their independence of authority, we at specsucks believe that indeed the Columbia Spectator (spec) serves a societal purpose, not that of enabling the public to assert meaningful control over the campus issues by providing them with the information needed for the intelligent dialogue of campus responsibilities. On the contrary we suggest that the “societal purpose” of the Spec is to inculcate and defend the economic, social, and political agenda of privileged groups that dominate the campus dialogue. The spec serves this purpose in many ways: through selection of topics, distribution of concerns, framing of issues, filtering of information, emphasis and tone, and by keeping debate within the bounds of acceptable premises. If democratic processes are to function in a meaningful way then certain modes of discourse must not be silenced in this manner. But the evidence we have reviewed indicates that this need is not met or even weakly approximated in actual practice.
It is frequently asserted that the spec were not always as independent, vigilant, and defiant of authority as they allegedly are today; rather, the experiences of the past generation are held to have taught the media to exercise the power to root about in our campus life, exposing what they deem right for exposure, without regard to external pressures or the dictates of authority.
Yet we find that the very examples offered in praise of the spec for their independence, or criticism of their excessive zeal, illustrate exactly the opposite. Contrary to the usual image of an “adversary press” boldly attacking a pitiful executive giant of the admins, the Spec’s lack of interest, investigative zeal, and basic news reporting on the accumulating illegalities of the a bloated administration have regularly permitted and even encouraged ever larger violations of our trust, and whose ultimate exposure when elite interests were threatened is offered as a demonstration of media service “on behalf of the polity.” These observations reinforce the conclusions that we have documented throughout our blog. The spec does not function in the manner of the propaganda system of a totalitarian state. Rather, they permit-indeed, encourage spirited debate, criticism, and dissent, as long as these remain faithfully within the system of presuppositions and principles that constitute an elite consensus, a system so powerful as to be internalized largely without awareness.
The student body is exposed to powerful persuasive messages from above and is unable to communicate meaningfully through the media in response to these messages. Student leaders have usurped enormous amounts of political power and reduced popular control over the campus by using the media to generate support, compliance, and just plain confusion among the public. That conclusion is well supported by the evidence we have reviewed. In essence, the spec is a corporation selling a product (readers and audiences) to other businesses (advertisers). The spec typically target and serve elite opinion, groups that, on the one hand, provide an optimal “profile” for advertising purposes, and, on the other, play a role in decision-making in the private and public spheres. The spec would be failing to meet their elite audience’s needs if they did not present a tolerably realistic portrayal of the world. But their “societal purpose” also requires that the spec’s interpretation of the world reflect the interests and concerns of the sellers, the buyers, and the bureaucratic and private institutions dominated by these groups.
It is also important to note how spec personnel adapt, and are adapted, to systemic demands. Given the imperatives of corporate organization and the workings of the various filters, conformity to the needs and interests of privileged sectors is essential to success. In the spec, as in other major institutions, those who do not display the requisite values and perspectives will be regarded as “irresponsible,” “ideological, or otherwise abberant, and will tend to fall by the wayside. While there may be a small number of exceptions, the pattern is pervasive, and expected. Those who adapt, perhaps quite honestly, will then be free to express themselves with little managerial control, and they will be able to assert, accurately, that they perceive no pressures to conform. The spec writers are indeed free – for those who adopt the principles required for their “societal purpose.” There may be some who are simply corrupt, and who serve as “errand boys” for state and other authority, but this is not the norm. We know from personal experience that many speccies are quite aware of the way the system operates, and utilize the occasional openings it affords to provide information and analysis that departs in some measure from the elite consensus, carefully shaping it so as to accommodate to required norms in a general way. But this degree of insight is surely not common. Rather, the norm is a belief that freedom prevails, which is true for those who have internalized the required values and perspectives.
In sum, the spec serves as an effective and powerful ideological institution that carries out a system-supportive propaganda function by reliance on market forces, internalized assumptions and self-censorship, and without significant overt coercion. This propaganda system has become even more efficient in recent decades with the rise of the internet, and the growth in scope and sophistication of public relations and news management.
that is ok, only specsucks is the premeier secret society on campus and exposing others is the cause of truth. So you think this looks like a pretty nomral list of student leaders who have seen the light to bring the rest of us plebs out of plato’s cave and protect the cause of good and justi-BUT WAIT A MOMENT THERE ARE SPECSCUM HERE THAT CAN’T BE RIGHT.
Ok so sources tell us that spec which claims to be and INDAPENDANT publication has a line of Knockems and Sockems IN THEIR INSTITUTION. Every year one specscums passes their knock em sock em to the next. Well sure may be we can split hairs and say those societies are indapendent too but then why do they have a line in spec? Clearly this is biased. As you can see hte power structure goes much deeper than one suspects. Corruption is everywhere, and specsucks is on it. We do not have biases like this. All our members are 100% independent homegrown true americans (TM) and selected purely for their ability to bring down corruption and serve the dark cause of justice.
So next time you see a member of specsucks (Well you will not see them because they are secreted) you will know that they are a member for a reason and not corrupt politics. This is just another way in which specsucks serves the great columbia community, and not dum spec.
hey all this talk about banners has led me to notice that there isn’t a specsucks banner above the gates? Or may be there was one and they took it down in an attempt to quash dissidence on campus? Who really knows? It’s all very spooky.
We exposed the univeristiy’s attempt at covering up ilelgal hazing on the roof of low. I remember our editorial borad boldly endorsing emlyn hughes for dean of seas after froscanity. I remember our painfully honest disproof spec bieng daily.
I could spend hours, or mayy be even years telling you about how spec is not daily. We are holding spec and bwog and that dum lion blog that no body reads too accountable and fostering dialogue about how spec is not daily, independent or news. It’s what specsucks has always done as most prestigious truthblog on campus and we are only getting better at it. We are bulding a brand that says specsucsk until entire campus knows.
our digital presence is strong in Bwog comments and the twitter better than spec’s social media presence. we have over 150 wordpress followers that’s 150,000% increase from 1.
“We’ve heard this from a lot of sources, and it seems about right for Bacchanal”
and who might be tipping off those sources in the first place? Checkmate, Bwog.
But when Bruno mars walks on the stage, don’t expect an apology from Bwog. They’re too busy being spoonfed the next “rumour”. (hint: taylor swift 2015)
And why is it called throwbachannal anyways. It sounds like someone who’s about to hurl. Why can’t it be themed BachAnal for once, hire one of those nutjob music profs to perform classical music from his sphincter, and call it a day.
EDIT: or it could be a piece of performance art, ostensibly about cults, or like cults and sororities and like the patriarchy and, what the heck, anal sex too.