Yes, no — maybe.
Well, in most cases. Only if doesn’t make us uncomfortable or result in any real change.
Wait, did anyone actually ask us if we wanted to be set free?
AB 2079 (California)
This bill, commencing January 1, 2012, would require a California postsecondary educational institution that offers athletic scholarships, or that provides, by any delivery method, written material regarding its athletic program to a student athlete, to provide specified information on its Internet Web site that describes, among other things, the institutions athletic program’s policies concerning athletic scholarship issuance, renewal, release, and medical expenses.
Some California athletic directors are objecting to this law because they claim it will make them less competitive. Maybe they’re right. If high school student athletes knew that the end of the rainbow was cluttered with broken dreams, they might choose to go elsewhere. The answer can’t be to keep this vital information from them. Can it? After all a free society thrives on the flow of information …
And keep in mind that this law isn’t nearly as limited as still sorely missed Emerge Magazine’s “Bottom 50.” This feature listed the “50 worst colleges with basketball, football and track-and-field programs for graduating black student athletes.” It was truly a revelation.
I can’t say it any better than Simon Jenkins of The Guardian (h/t Glenn Greenwald): “The job of the media is not to protect power from embarrassment.”
And what about that pesky party crasher, the truth?
God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. ~Aldous Huxley
Although really in our consequence-free society, you wonder why there is a worry.