Why Again?: Professor Purposefully Shatters Laptop On Floor In Front Of Class

February 9, 2018


This is a video of University Of California Berkeley associate professor Eric Paulos smashing a laptop on the first day of his Critical Making course to make a point about something that he probably could have made a point about in a much better way. Or maybe he just hates MacBooks. In his own words:

On the first day of my Critical Making class at UC Berkeley, I wanted to make a point about expectations - about expectations for this course and more importantly about leaving them behind as we engage in the material and topics within Critical Making. Rather than say it or even show a slide, I unexpectedly and dramatically lifted "my" laptop and smashed it across the floor of the classroom.

Okaaaaaay. 1) "My" laptop, so it wasn't even his and 2) I'm pretty sure the laptop was already dead because the Apple light wasn't on and the projector stops before he even smashes the computer, but whatever. When reached for comment about the incident, all the students in the Critical Making course realized they'd critically made a huge mistake signing up for the class.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Stephanie B, who agrees if he should have cut one of his fingers off in front of the class instead.

  • Munihausen

    Laptop must have called for a balanced budget amendment to the Cal. Constitution before class.

  • Javier Arreola

    The next day the Berkeley riots happend

  • notoriousFF

    Student slowly raises hand: "Can you repeat that? I wasn't paying attention."

  • Javier Arreola

    Maybe do it with an actual apple next time

  • Bosun Higgs

    There's your answer.

  • The_Wretched

    Kuerig machines?

  • Mark

    "Excuse me Professor Paulos, but your funding has been cancelled. We have been seeing a disproportionate amount of spending lately."

    "but....I need laptops to teach my lessons"

  • I was reading a thread on reddit about professors recently and there was one where somebody talked about a professor that would do this. The first day of the semester the professor would hand a laptop to one of the students and to make sure the students thought he was serious about his no laptop rule he would go over to the kid that appeared to be using the laptop, pick it up and throw it across the room. Apparently its a very effective tactic.

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    so he did that cliched "throw your books away, you won't need them" professor bit except with a computer

  • TheQiwiMan

    He thinks of himself as Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.

    In reality he's even more pathetic than that guy on Community: https://imgur.com/jy3uvWL

  • James Mcelroy

    WTF is critical making?

  • Big Dog on Krampus

    they teach you how to hold your poops in as long as humanly possible

  • James Mcelroy

    Critical Making - a "touching cloth" workshop.

  • TheQiwiMan

    From the syllabus it looks like "Arts and Crafts" mixed with a healthy dose of "Marxist Brainwashing" bullshit.

    Not surprising, it is Berkeley, after all...


  • Beard

    nothin wrong with a lil marxism...

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