SorryWatch exists because good apologies are hard. When human beings are challenged on our behavior, we often react with defensiveness. We may obfuscate a bit. We may make excuses. And this is natural. No one wants to feel uncomfortable; it’s not fun to examine one’s decision-making and find it wanting. A true test of character is when someone works through those feelings of discomfort, chooses to listen, considers others’ reactions and responses, and then decides to apologize.
This is what the organizers of the March for Racial Justice did. We commend them.
Here’s what happened. Continue reading
A university sent letters of admissions to more kids than it actually wanted to admit, calculating that a lot of them wouldn’t come. This happens all the time.
U.C. Irvine, from a USGS satellite. Seems spacious.
If a school gets too many students, it may scramble to shoehorn in the extras. Dorm rooms that were formerly doubles become triples, don’t ask us how we know. More teaching assistants are hired.
Or it may decide, as U.C. Irvine recently did, faced with 500 more new students than it had planned on, to get mean and come up with excuses to disinvite many of those students it had just sent welcoming letters to.
UCI did this two months before the start of school, when kids it had accepted had already started making plans and had turned down other schools and offers of financial aid.
Posted in Academic apologies, Bad Apologies, Good apologies
Tagged @PeterTAnteater, anteaters, Great Zot!, Howard Gillman, Inside Higher Ed, Los Angeles Times, Thomas A. Parham, U.C. Irvine, UCI
Brilliant interactive fire piece. Everything my mother points at bursts into flame. This needed to happen.
It’s almost time. That time when a strangely-assorted group of people travel in their thousands to a flat dry dustpan to camp, build artworks, ignite spectacular flames, dance, give things to each other, and burn artworks down. And things too fierce to mention.
Yeah, Burning Man. Where, like every place humans gather, apologies are often called for and sometimes given.
We’re rerunning our most popular apologies-on-the-playa post – “Apologies from the desert with no pants on” – below. If that’s not enough for your dusty-sorry needs, you can also check out our post about a sound camp’s apology for their P.R. being too good, or our post about the Burning Man misdeed so dreadful that it even shocked the people at Playapology Camp, who’ve heard a lot of confessions….
Or a wonderfully photographed story from High Country News about Burning Man cleanup.
A spectacle indeed.
Josh Groban left the Broadway show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 a few weeks ago. (I saw him in it. He was fine. Big voice.) The role of Pierre was taken over by Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, a well-regarded actor, but not a marquee name. (He was the original Hercules Mulligan in Hamilton. I saw him in it. He was great.) The show was losing money, as most shows do when a mega-star leaves. The producers offered the part of Pierre to Mandy Patinkin. (I have never seen him on stage. But I listened to the Evita cast album a lot as a child.) Patinkin said yes, though had only a three-week window because of his gig on Homeland. Oak, who had been in the role of Pierre for only two weeks and had gotten raves, was to be booted before his contract expired. Mmm.
You recall our post-Lance-Armstrong game of Bad Apology Bingo? Welp, in the wake of a recent raft of crap apologies from venture capitalists, comedians, beauty bloggers and Aussie media outlets, LET’S PLAY AGAIN!
Parkour, closely related to free running, is cool. Fun to do and to watch. You’re dashing through the built world like an obstacle course, bouncing off stuff, leaping from building to building as if pursued by killers, hurtling walls, maybe tossing in unnecessary back flips – what’s not to love?
Maybe lack of a salary. One way around this is the Storror Parkour way, in which you sell parkour gear. You can put up parkour videos on YouTube and FaceBook, showing your sponsored team wearing Storror attire. (Storror is based in the UK.)
Not an expert, but I call this move the “hoick.”
On tour in Southern California, the Storror team decided to shoot some promo video. At Joshua Tree National Park, full of lovely boulders to carom off and onto. Sounds brilliant.
Posted in Bad Apologies, Bropology, Corporate Apologies
Tagged Beth Orton, California, climate change, Facebook, free running, Joshua Tree, looking things up apparently not a fun antic, Mr. Andre, parkour, Storror Parkour, tagging, U2, UK, Youtube, Yucca brevifolia