BY BUDDY NEVINS
An Internet wacko who believes that the Obama Administration covered up the real story of the Connecticut school shootings has turned out to be a Florida Atlantic University professor.
A tenured FAU professor who teaches classes that sound only slightly less silly.
Although his nutty Internet posts about the shooting are getting all the publicity, it is Professor James Tracy’s course load which should upset Florida taxpayers.
After all, we pay Tracy’s salary.
The professor apparently specializes in conspiracies. One of his courses: “Culture of Conspiracy.”
So who’s surprised when Tracy says Obama may be part of a conspiracy to lie about the school shootings with the aim of promoting gun control?
The Sun-Sentinel detailed Tracy’s bizarre ideas online today.
But Browardbeat.com went further and what I found was annoying to me as someone who helps pay for state schools like FAU.
I looked at how FAU describes Tracy’s job. The school says Tracy “teaches courses examining the relationship between commercial and alternative news media and socio-political issues and events.”
Did they write that job description with a straight face? That’s course material that a student needs?
Tracy also is editor of an online publication entitled Democratic Communiqué, presumably when he is not uncovering some grand conspiracy. According to that publication’s website:
“Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, alternative, community, or public media, the internationalization of capital and information flows, media and imperialism, telecommunication and media industry ownership and consolidation, information technology and surveillance, feminist political economy, the communicative dimensions of race, social class, labor and social movements, and cultural artifacts or practices.”
Huh? People actually spend time reading this stuff?
I can only imagine what nonsense Tracy is feeding kids stupid enough to stumble into his course.
But my problem is not his views.
We have freedom of speech however insane that speech sounds.
My problem is that he was hired in the first place with my tax money to teach courses nobody could possibly use in the real world. By the real world, I mean anywhere outside the Fantasyland of a college campus.
Maybe Gov. Rick Scott is on to something when he says the state system should concentrate on useful subjects that produce jobs rather than waste tax money on frivolous subjects.
Frivolous subjects like what James Tracy peddles to students.