Mike Adams

Hello again, Cliff. I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a chance to visit ?your? website over the weekend. I noticed that you posted a ?notice to your students? about my previous articles ?Shut up and teach!? and ?Shut up and sue!?

I have reproduced the ?notice? below with comments between the various sections that made me feel uncomfortable and, in general, hurt my feelings badly:

Notice to my students: someone has published illegally in what purports to be an "article" material from my web site, that is, portions of my assignments. 

I would contend that it actually is an article, Cliff. It was written as a form of criticism within the bounds of the ?fair use? doctrine. Do you know what that means, Cliff? Do you mind if I call you Cliff?

The article, among many misrepresentations, implies I require that you write about certain topics.

You really blew it there, Cliff.  My article (it really was an article) makes it clear that you offer a biased list of ?suggested? topics. I didn?t say ?required,? I said ?suggested.? Read the article again, Cliff. It should be easy to find. It is all over the world, now. It is being read in foreign countries like Israel, Australia, and even California!

As you know, you have always had a wide choice of topics to write about in your papers.  The same is true for the Argument Paper.  I believe in and practice academic freedom. 

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space, Cliff? Let?s just say that the students ?got the memo? and they probably didn?t think that you offered a ?wide choice of topics.? That?s probably why there was a complaint filed against you with ?students for academic freedom.? That complaint was reprinted in my last article. And, by the way, is ?fair use? a form of academic freedom that you support?

You are not limited in any way to the topics below.  The reason the material from my web site in the "article" is illegal is that the author never obtained, didn't even ask for, my permission to publish copyrighted material.

Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.