On the other hand, I've officially experience my first chilling effect, because Paulien & Associates' inquiries have spooked my editing staff enough to remove it from the online edition of the paper. It has now been replaced by an apology on behalf of the editors; the paper copy is still circulating all over campus (over 6,000 issues from what I understand). More on this as the story develops, but I must say that I am not happy: My first ammendment rights as a citizen of the United States of America have been harmed today. Not in a big way, it's true, but harmed nonetheless.
I guess the issue is that I used a real guy's name (Daniel K. Paulien of Paulien & Associates) in a work of satire. It is a parody; this fact I think is fairly obvious. I basically attributed fictional quotations to him which portray him, his company, the Kingsbury renovation project, and the entire architectural & college improvement industries in a, well, a pretty negative light.
As a quick background, my column is a two-year-old tradition at the school paper. It's basically a weekly fake news article in the tradition of The Daily Show or The Onion. What I've done in the Kingsbury column is not new; I've attributed false quotations to authority figures in several places before, from the President of the University to (of course) the President of the United States. Although I never heard anything from President Bush on the subject, President Hart was a terrifically good sport about it, and in addition to thanking me personally she seemed to get a kick out of the humor too. (Update: The Lord of Hosts has informed me that I also did it to Him once; He took it in stride as well.)
Again, more on this as I discover more. I