Apr 09 2014

Brush up your press release, start hiding it now

Brandeis’s original press release about its honorary degrees and commencement speaker for this year, via the Internet Archive:

brandBrandeis’s revised press release about its honorary degrees and commencement speaker for this year:

brand2We have always been at war with Eastasia.




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    Ok, I know, and I am incensed, and this is terrible…


    You used a “Kiss Me, Kate!” reference?

    Are you trying to kill me?

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    Ophelia Benson

    That is what I did. I wondered if anyone would recognize it!

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    Do you care to elaborate on the reference? My google-fu is not sufficient. today.

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    Ophelia Benson

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    Pliny the in Between

    Kiss me Kate and 1984 references in 4 lines. Nice range!

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    You win points … and simultaneously lose them.


    Now, enough Taming of the shrew–back to the real issue.

    Seriously, they just disappeared her? Like all of technology did not exist?

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    Blanche Quizno

    Ugh – The Taming of the Shrew was APPALLING!

    You know what would be sublime? If all those other notaries refused the honor because of Brandeis’ shenanigans.

    Which was the Kiss Me Kate ref? I watched the entire clip and didn’t catch it :/

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    Blanche Quizno

    Oh, wait – brush up your Shakespeare. I’m slow, but I get there…

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    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Definitley Orwellian and disgusting.

    Also note what it does to the gender and ethnic (im)balance for the panel.

    Shame on them.

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    I love how the words “human rights” also disappear from that title page. Kinda of makes their point for them…

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    Love the song, but missed the reference. Just slow, I guess.

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