Friendship or Control?

Elsewhere on this blog, I have told the story of bullying a classmate who had the last laugh in the end. But like many people, I’ve been on both ends of bullying. In early grade school, I had a “best friend” at school who I’ll call Andy. Lest I ever forgot that fact, Andy instructed me to repeat my allegiance to him every day on the playground. Out-loud and for his sake, I would say “We’re best friends forever.” And we were best friends (so long as I did everything he told me to do).

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The Self-Esteem Generation

A few years ago, I taught a couple sections of a college composition course and was surprised to see that included on my list of texts was Jean Twenge’s book, Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable than Ever Before by Jean Twenge. We used it to engage in critical reading and also as a text to which we could apply various rhetorical concepts. Read More