While one of my concerns about trigger warnings
relates to its reductive framing of texts and the impoverished readings that ensue, the other concern has to do with the kind of political and sexual subjectivity that an optics calibrated to identify harm and the constant alertness to potential trauma shape and express.
As an assistant professor of pastoral care, she's just one of the many educators across the country grappling with how and when to use "trigger warnings
" or "content warnings"--advisories to students that some content in the course material might cause a recurrence of past trauma, or "trigger difficult emotional responses."
"The stories in Trigger Warning
are happier, generally speaking, than those in Gaiman's previous two collections, Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things....
includes previously published pieces of short fiction-stories, verse and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the 50th anniversary of the beloved series in 2013.
It can monitor critical operating parameters and trigger warning
signals or directly display warnings transmitted from the CAN bus when readings are out of a preset tolerance range.
Computer systems can detect traffic hold-ups and warn drivers to slow down, sensitive traffic lights can respond to approaching pedestrians, and sensors can trigger warning
signals when roads are slippery.In the future, technology will enable even more effective safety precautions.
"They should put a trigger warning
for idiocy on those town hall tickets!"
And the other half are genuinely realising that you would be completely stuck if that happened to you, and angry I did not put a trigger warning
on this article.
10) Trigger Warning
: Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow): A mesmerizing gathering of work from the Sandman creator, Trigger Warning
features adventures from Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and the characters from American Gods.
Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of American Gods, first encountered the phrase trigger warning
online, where it served as a heads-up that clicking on a link might reveal ideas or images that could cause traumatic flashbacks.
This novel-length hallucination should carry a trigger warning
for those with PTSD stemming from abuse; the book is a boulder of depression that rarely lets up.
While he did this in an effort to bring attention to the plight of Syrian refugees, people pointed out that he needed to use a trigger warning
. Others pointed out that these pictures were not fit to be viewed by children who may be using social media.
We've heard about microaggressions, said to be small slights that over time do great harm to disadvantaged groups; trigger warnings
, which some students demand before they are exposed to course material that might be disturbing; and safe spaces, where people can go to be free of ideas that challenge leftist identity politics.
Jaffa would have little patience for today's worries over micro-aggressions, with their attendant, coddling calls for trigger warnings
. His aggressions were decidedly macro.
Bad enough when universities imagine undergraduates need "trigger warnings
" about verbiage that might disturb their tender sensibilities.