Bags of Bran

From my mailbox, into my recycling bin
August 13, 2014, 3:54 pm
Filed under: Apologioi, Destined to get me in trouble

Recently a rather well-known institution of higher learning sent me a piece of slickly-formatted promotional material for their _____Fest, which is evidently some sort of college recruiting wingding.

On the front, it boasts that _____Fest is “THE PREMIER EVENT FOR YOUR YOUTH GROUP THIS FALL.” Huh.

On the back, they tip their hand as to their strategy: “Bring your teens early to _______Fest and let them be part of our Fall Visitors Weekend.”
“Enjoy two days of college life at _____.”
“Experience classes, chapel, dorm life, and great activities.”

And why would this be appealing to teenagers? The noble-minded people at ______ College evidently don’t put much stock in teenagers’ ability to value what they will observe from “two days of college life at ______” nor in “classes, chapel, dorm life, and great activities.” Hence the need for _____Fest. They say as much in another text box:

“Teenagers love ______Fest. With giant inflatables, go-carts, dodgeball, and so much more, your teens will be active all day long.”

Perhaps for clarification, we could lay bare the nature of the appeal by use of an ellipsis: “Teenagers love…giant inflatables, go-carts, dodgeball, and so much more…”

And I suppose they will love ______ College for the same reasons.


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If the promo material is as slick as your description, then its recyclability is doubtful. Check for the triangle, but don’t expect one. I like the traditional form of recycling: flick the match, glory in the flames, delight in the carbon floating on the breeze, and exult as the remnants drop to the earth in eagerness to form new saplings.


Comment by Jeremy

That’s very true. I should probably look at a repurposing strategy since it might not work to recycle it.


Comment by christopheram

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