Do Trigger Warnings Promote Sensitivity or Entitlement on College Campuses?

Slate's weekly roundtable.
March 19 2014 11:22 AM

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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss The Americans, Joe Weisberg’s FX series about Soviet spies living undercover in 1980s suburban D.C. Next, inspired by the price hike of Amazon Prime membership, the gabbers discuss George Packer’s New Yorker piece on Amazon.com. What are the true costs of Amazon’s convenience? And finally, the critics grapple with the use of trigger warnings on the Internet and in college classrooms. Are they respectful or condescending to those living with PTSD?

Links to some of the things we discussed this week follow:

Endorsements:

Dana: The viral video of Stanford professor Andrei Linde celebrating an astrophysics discovery that vindicates his theory of an inflationary universe.

Julia: Fitbit Flex, a fun fitness bracelet that quantifies your physical activity and may change your behavior.

Steve: Discovering your “karaoke self” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” by Petula Clark.

Outro: “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate's Culture Gabfest podcast