The university freedom-of-speech wars exploding on campuses will, given time, affect books and writers. Stand-up comics were the first to feel chilling effects on speech. Comedian Chris Rock quit playing colleges because, in his opinion, students are too constricted, “in their social views… they can’t take a joke.”
Although it may not have affected you yet, dear writer, it’s coming.
Jonathan Haidt is my favorite social scientist, and he recently gave this entertaining talk about Strengthen University and Coddle University. Below the video is a link to South Park’s hilarious view of “safe spaces” that are popping up in universities—places where students don’t have to hear any ideas that conflict with their own.
Love it or hate it, this trend may affect your writing in the future.