June 12, 2014

Kids These Days: Permanent Record Paranoia

Over at The Unz Review, I reflect upon a scene out of a Philip K. Dick story.
   

2 comments:

Shannon said...

This is going to make kids even less likely to take risks...

Anonymous said...

Back in the Seventies, all the cool kids knew that when adults warned you that some infraction would go on your Permanent Record, they were mostly blowing smoke. Think of the bureaucratic effort that would be involved in photocopying and mailing records around the country.

Doesn't mean they didn't do it. Even back then, educrats were notorious for spending more money on punishment and revenge than on actual education. And even if the records weren't mailed across the country, but stayed in one small town, that was bad enough. Come to think of it, this permanent record business is just small-town gossip and slander on a larger, more formal scale.