In case people don’t get it, I write so much about guest speakers being deplatformed at expensive, rich schools because I’m green with envy. We lost funding for guest speakers a decade ago, and it’s never coming back.
We do what we can to try to lure people to campus on their own dime. Every several years, we are even successful. Our students are so excited about every stray guest speaker that does find a way to our campus. We are like a starving person looking at a millionaire who tosses delicacies into a trash bin.
I often think that, as with any form of consumerism, throwing away is the whole point. These rich kids are throwing away knowledge because they can. There’s no negative consequence to doing it. To the contrary, it’s a mark of belonging to the elites.
Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have money for guest speakers. We might adopt this persona of spoiled consumers, too.