Dartmouth Religion Professor Apparently Clueless About the Perils of Facebook

To old people who existed before Al Gore created the Internet: if you’re going to sign up for social networking sites like Facebook, you better be damn well sure that you know what you’re doing.

Apparently, Dartmouth Religion Professor Reiko Ohnuma never considered that her students might stumble across her Facebook page, which is not only littered with expletives, but gloating about her use of Wikipedia as lecture fodder. Although Professor Ohnuma’s Facebook account is inacessible now, Dartlog – which first reported on this last Tuesday – managed to glean several juicy status updates and comments from Ohnuma’s page:

Reiko doesn’t know how to explain what ‘modernity’ is & isn’t entirely clear herself.”
“(to a facebook friend) ‘I’m now going to shamelessly plagiarize your language.'”
Where is Wikipedia when you really need it? The Wikipedia article on modernity SUCKS.”
“Yeah, I saw that page already. Thank fucking God for the Internet.”

The next day:
Reiko faked it with aplomb.”
yeah, but i feel like such a fraud…do you think dartmouth parents would be upset about paying $40,000 a year for their children to go here if they knew that certain professors were looking up stuff on Wikipedia and asking for advice from their Facebook friends on the night before the lecture?”

It’s not Professor Ohnuma’s use of Wikipedia that is so disturbing – especially if it’s used for topics outside the purview of her discipline – rather it’s her indiscretion and seeming disinterest in educating undergrads at a school that is so heavily teaching-oriented.

94 Responses to “Dartmouth Religion Professor Apparently Clueless About the Perils of Facebook”

  1. @d07 Says:

    Let’s celebrate a past of racist grunt attribution to an amorphous, stereotypical bloc of Native Americans! yay!

    Aha, clarified! Figured I’d help you out.

  2. @d07 Says:

    Let’s celebrate a past of racist grunt attribution to an amorphous, stereotypical bloc of Native Americans! yay!

    Aha, clarified! Figured I’d help you out.

  3. D'07 Says:

    I’m sorry you’re such an angry liberal. I went to a much happier school. And by the way, don’t insult me by inferring I didn’t graduate on time. I’ll have a PhD before I’m 30.

  4. D'07 Says:

    I’m sorry you’re such an angry liberal. I went to a much happier school. And by the way, don’t insult me by inferring I didn’t graduate on time. I’ll have a PhD before I’m 30.

  5. D '07 #2 Says:

    Would you like a gold star? Perhaps a sticker? I’ll have my Ph.D. before I’m 29. How do you like that? Big deal.

    If you’re studying for your Ph.D., I hope to God that it isn’t in a field that requires much critical ability. In seminar, do you accuse your professors of being “angry” when they pose questions? It’s a lot easier to appeal to some kind of vulgar psychologism than it is to respond in any meaningful way to questions that undermine your positions and expose your uncritical ignorance.

    So, tell me, how is ‘WAH HOO WAH’ “celebrating” ‘Native Americans’?

  6. D '07 #2 Says:

    Would you like a gold star? Perhaps a sticker? I’ll have my Ph.D. before I’m 29. How do you like that? Big deal.

    If you’re studying for your Ph.D., I hope to God that it isn’t in a field that requires much critical ability. In seminar, do you accuse your professors of being “angry” when they pose questions? It’s a lot easier to appeal to some kind of vulgar psychologism than it is to respond in any meaningful way to questions that undermine your positions and expose your uncritical ignorance.

    So, tell me, how is ‘WAH HOO WAH’ “celebrating” ‘Native Americans’?

  7. YALE Says:

    HA HA HA YOU BOTH GO TO DARTMOUTH!

  8. YALE Says:

    HA HA HA YOU BOTH GO TO DARTMOUTH!

  9. D'07 Says:

    What’s fascinating is that you continue to bait me. There’s nothing I could say that could remove the liberal propaganda from your mind. Why bother? I hope your field manages to help you feel joy. You seem to need it.

  10. D'07 Says:

    What’s fascinating is that you continue to bait me. There’s nothing I could say that could remove the liberal propaganda from your mind. Why bother? I hope your field manages to help you feel joy. You seem to need it.

  11. Columbia '09 Says:

    What is this Dartmouth you speak of?

  12. Columbia '09 Says:

    What is this Dartmouth you speak of?

  13. D '07 #2 Says:

    I guess that your brain just shuts down when faced with even the simplest of questions. Conservative or liberal, most high school students could accurately and honestly answer the questions that I posed.

    Good luck in graduate school! Me, I’m having a swell time! :D

  14. D '07 #2 Says:

    I guess that your brain just shuts down when faced with even the simplest of questions. Conservative or liberal, most high school students could accurately and honestly answer the questions that I posed.

    Good luck in graduate school! Me, I’m having a swell time! :D

  15. UofLife '91 Says:

    What bunch of whining jackasses you Ivy Leaguers are. I find your silly, tweedy pissing matches to be an entertainment. Do any of you actually have the first clue what you’re talking about?

    “Hey, let me give my strenuous opinion on something for which I have no genuine context or understanding. Did I mention I go to an IVY LEAUGUE school??”

    Michief Managed

  16. UofLife '91 Says:

    What bunch of whining jackasses you Ivy Leaguers are. I find your silly, tweedy pissing matches to be an entertainment. Do any of you actually have the first clue what you’re talking about?

    “Hey, let me give my strenuous opinion on something for which I have no genuine context or understanding. Did I mention I go to an IVY LEAUGUE school??”

    Michief Managed

  17. UofLife '91 Says:

    Oops! I made a typo.
    What I meant to say was “whining, SELF-IMPORTANT jackasses.” My bad!

  18. UofLife '91 Says:

    Oops! I made a typo.
    What I meant to say was “whining, SELF-IMPORTANT jackasses.” My bad!

  19. YALE Says:

    Its pretty clear that you didn’t go to an ivy LEAGUE school because you can’t even spell the word! Or MISCHIEF. You must’ve learned english as a second language. Ha, I find your abysmal grasp on the language to be “an entertainment” as well. You are a complete moron.

  20. YALE Says:

    Its pretty clear that you didn’t go to an ivy LEAGUE school because you can’t even spell the word! Or MISCHIEF. You must’ve learned english as a second language. Ha, I find your abysmal grasp on the language to be “an entertainment” as well. You are a complete moron.

  21. CAM'07 Says:

    This is the most ridiculous concatenation of ideology concocted by self-important supposedly “high class” individuals. It really shows America is going to hell when the “smartest people”, going to world’s most distinguished universities (with-in the United States), believe, acknowledge, and concur with the ideas expressed here. Personally I find it repulsive you are not spending your time on a more important matter. Beginning a foreign language might be helpful towards some of your lives, since you are seemingly involved and concerned with the English language, and unfamiliar with the linguistics, or associated elements of other languages. Food for though; perhaps life can be spent on more than just a PhD good for nothing except fame, and acknowledgment you will receive (since your pitiful existence can bring you nothing else, except the acknowledgment of your worth as a textbook by society–or those foolish enough to believe you are deserving of merit)

  22. CAM'07 Says:

    This is the most ridiculous concatenation of ideology concocted by self-important supposedly “high class” individuals. It really shows America is going to hell when the “smartest people”, going to world’s most distinguished universities (with-in the United States), believe, acknowledge, and concur with the ideas expressed here. Personally I find it repulsive you are not spending your time on a more important matter. Beginning a foreign language might be helpful towards some of your lives, since you are seemingly involved and concerned with the English language, and unfamiliar with the linguistics, or associated elements of other languages. Food for though; perhaps life can be spent on more than just a PhD good for nothing except fame, and acknowledgment you will receive (since your pitiful existence can bring you nothing else, except the acknowledgment of your worth as a textbook by society–or those foolish enough to believe you are deserving of merit)

  23. D '07 #2 Says:

    This is the most ridiculous concatenation of ideology concocted by self-important supposedly “high class” individuals.

    Who said anything about high-class?

    going to world’s most distinguished universities (with-in the United States)

    ???

    Beginning a foreign language might be helpful towards some of your lives, since you are seemingly involved and concerned with the English language, and unfamiliar with the linguistics, or associated elements of other languages.

    Istene est qui?

    Food for though

    ???

    perhaps life can be spent on more than just a PhD

    You’re living proof.

  24. D '07 #2 Says:

    This is the most ridiculous concatenation of ideology concocted by self-important supposedly “high class” individuals.

    Who said anything about high-class?

    going to world’s most distinguished universities (with-in the United States)

    ???

    Beginning a foreign language might be helpful towards some of your lives, since you are seemingly involved and concerned with the English language, and unfamiliar with the linguistics, or associated elements of other languages.

    Istene est qui?

    Food for though

    ???

    perhaps life can be spent on more than just a PhD

    You’re living proof.

  25. a NON self important person Says:

    Excuse me. I didnt realize the “smartest people” in the world were actually idiots! You have a complete…psychopath from Cambridge using all this wonderful high diction, showing off, his/her education. And then you have some other moron thinking he/she is the shit. Let me give it to you both straight,

    1.) Ivy league means HIGH CLASS to less fortunate Americans (they are wrong, some of the shittiest [most pompous, arrogant, rude, and crude] people I know go to ivy league schools)

    2.) You would think you rich kids would have better things to do with your time than bitch about your life as a cool kid (with each other, even worse!)

    3.) Your PhD, or degree proves nothing, your character is far more important, obviously this professor has a PhD and we see how genius she is.

    4.) One of you is probably going to say I am just a poor girl from some public university, and I would like to say, I am not and choose not to besmirch the name of my fine university by putting it on this page, because where I am educated has no importance to my worth as a person.

    The world needs brilliant, enthusiastic, KIND and CARING minds to bring it into this millennium. I respect those who volunteer, and base their self worth on something more than their educational abilities, because they are the richest in all moral qualities.

  26. a NON self important person Says:

    Excuse me. I didnt realize the “smartest people” in the world were actually idiots! You have a complete…psychopath from Cambridge using all this wonderful high diction, showing off, his/her education. And then you have some other moron thinking he/she is the shit. Let me give it to you both straight,

    1.) Ivy league means HIGH CLASS to less fortunate Americans (they are wrong, some of the shittiest [most pompous, arrogant, rude, and crude] people I know go to ivy league schools)

    2.) You would think you rich kids would have better things to do with your time than bitch about your life as a cool kid (with each other, even worse!)

    3.) Your PhD, or degree proves nothing, your character is far more important, obviously this professor has a PhD and we see how genius she is.

    4.) One of you is probably going to say I am just a poor girl from some public university, and I would like to say, I am not and choose not to besmirch the name of my fine university by putting it on this page, because where I am educated has no importance to my worth as a person.

    The world needs brilliant, enthusiastic, KIND and CARING minds to bring it into this millennium. I respect those who volunteer, and base their self worth on something more than their educational abilities, because they are the richest in all moral qualities.

  27. D '07 #2 Says:

    Pfffffffft.

  28. D '07 #2 Says:

    Pfffffffft.

  29. LOL YALE LOL Says:

    I have never understood why people who don’t go to Ivy League schools read this blog. I guess if nothing else we are at least interesting to THE CRETINOUS UNDERBELLY OF SOCIETY AKA EVERYONE ELSE. LOL. LOL. LOL.

  30. LOL YALE LOL Says:

    I have never understood why people who don’t go to Ivy League schools read this blog. I guess if nothing else we are at least interesting to THE CRETINOUS UNDERBELLY OF SOCIETY AKA EVERYONE ELSE. LOL. LOL. LOL.

  31. UofLife '91 Says:

    And yet for all the noise they make, their penises don’t seem to be getting any bigger. Their thyroid glands, on the other hand, must be huge.

  32. UofLife '91 Says:

    And yet for all the noise they make, their penises don’t seem to be getting any bigger. Their thyroid glands, on the other hand, must be huge.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    She should have known better. The internet is NOT a private place. This, in collaboration with the fact she is, with evidently a somewhat guilty conscience, deriving classroom teaching materials from a website in which ANYONE can add information is absolutely unacceptable.

    Furthermore, to say that students present the same or worse amount of disrespect and disgrace to the learning and classroom environment by “going to class half drunk and falling asleep” is NOT A VALID COMPARISON. Students PAY TO GO TO SCHOOL. TEACHERS, on the other hand, ARE PAID!

  34. Anonymous Says:

    She should have known better. The internet is NOT a private place. This, in collaboration with the fact she is, with evidently a somewhat guilty conscience, deriving classroom teaching materials from a website in which ANYONE can add information is absolutely unacceptable.

    Furthermore, to say that students present the same or worse amount of disrespect and disgrace to the learning and classroom environment by “going to class half drunk and falling asleep” is NOT A VALID COMPARISON. Students PAY TO GO TO SCHOOL. TEACHERS, on the other hand, ARE PAID!

  35. Anonymous Says:

    These comments are utterly hilarious

  36. Anonymous Says:

    These comments are utterly hilarious

  37. Joel Rane Says:

    Hi, I went to Berkeley with Reiko and though this is a bad slip, those who said she should be fired have a lot to learn about life and about how serious Dartmouth or Berkeley are. You are welcome to e-mail me at cattylibrarian@yahoo.com so I can tell you in person to fuck yourself. I’m a librarian who went to Berkeley, USC and UCLA with a degree from each, blew off classes the whole time and graduated twice with honors. I must just be smarter than you hard-working Dartmouth students. Good luck

  38. Joel Rane Says:

    Hi, I went to Berkeley with Reiko and though this is a bad slip, those who said she should be fired have a lot to learn about life and about how serious Dartmouth or Berkeley are. You are welcome to e-mail me at cattylibrarian@yahoo.com so I can tell you in person to fuck yourself. I’m a librarian who went to Berkeley, USC and UCLA with a degree from each, blew off classes the whole time and graduated twice with honors. I must just be smarter than you hard-working Dartmouth students. Good luck

  39. @Joel Rane Says:

    Hi, I go to Harvard. You are a librarian who went to Berkeley, USC, and UCLA. Exactly my point. Please take your inferiority complex elsewhere. Good luck not being such a pathetic douche next time.

  40. @Joel Rane Says:

    Hi, I go to Harvard. You are a librarian who went to Berkeley, USC, and UCLA. Exactly my point. Please take your inferiority complex elsewhere. Good luck not being such a pathetic douche next time.

  41. p'12 Says:

    GOOD FOR YOU! YOU GO TO HARVARD! how DARE you claim that just because you go to a more well-known school that you are in ANY WAY superior to someone who went to a great school like Berkeley. sure, you got in somewhere more selective, but we all know that the admissions process is a total crapshoot with ridiculous biases.

    and plus, even if you WERE in any way superior, why would you feel the need to tell someone else that he/she is inferior? really? calling someone from berkeley a “pathetic douche?” YOU are the reason people hate the ivy league. i am SO glad i chose to go to princeton and not harvard simply because i thought there would be more people like you at the latter.

    you are an embarrassment.

  42. p'12 Says:

    GOOD FOR YOU! YOU GO TO HARVARD! how DARE you claim that just because you go to a more well-known school that you are in ANY WAY superior to someone who went to a great school like Berkeley. sure, you got in somewhere more selective, but we all know that the admissions process is a total crapshoot with ridiculous biases.

    and plus, even if you WERE in any way superior, why would you feel the need to tell someone else that he/she is inferior? really? calling someone from berkeley a “pathetic douche?” YOU are the reason people hate the ivy league. i am SO glad i chose to go to princeton and not harvard simply because i thought there would be more people like you at the latter.

    you are an embarrassment.

  43. p11 Says:

    P12, seriously, chill the fuck out.

    To be fair, Joel Rane began the douchiness by implying his alleged superiority to an entire college. @Joel Rane is a douche, but there are plenty of douches at Princeton and Harvard, just like at any other place. By generalizing all of Harvard as arrogant and all of Princeton as egalitarian (esp. considering Harvard’s more generous fin. aid policy), you’re making the same mistake as Joel Rane and @Joel Rane.

    I can’t believe how seriously people take this site, haha…

  44. p11 Says:

    P12, seriously, chill the fuck out.

    To be fair, Joel Rane began the douchiness by implying his alleged superiority to an entire college. @Joel Rane is a douche, but there are plenty of douches at Princeton and Harvard, just like at any other place. By generalizing all of Harvard as arrogant and all of Princeton as egalitarian (esp. considering Harvard’s more generous fin. aid policy), you’re making the same mistake as Joel Rane and @Joel Rane.

    I can’t believe how seriously people take this site, haha…

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