Follow up to The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose - the end of this book was a bit of a let-down after the strong start. AFter a semester at Jerry Fallwell’s Evangelical Christian college, he returned to Brown university to write about his experiences. Here is post one.
It surrprised me, that it surprised the author that he had a hard time with his deception while living at the college. He was there under false pretenses: not for education, necessarily, but to examine, observe, and write about the experience and people he encountered. As it happens, he came to really care about the people he spent time with, who welcomed him into their school and their lives, never realising he was, in one student’s words, a “mole.”
Anyway, he went back to ‘fess up, and most of the other students apparently were okay with his deception. In all likelyhood, I wouldn’t be.
I realise it is quite common to conduct these “social experiments” on other people — pretending to be something or somone you are not — but I worry that it breaks down social trust, and trust is the only thing we have, holding us all together.
An enjoyable book, educational and well-written. I just wish the story didn’t have to be based on mass deception.