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Well no shit, Sherlock…

The title on this AP article reads “Popular View of King Ignores Complexity.”

What popular view, exactly, doesn’t ignore complexity?

“We’re living increasingly in a culture of top 10 lists, of celebrity biopics which simplify the past as entertainment or mythology,” [Richard Greenwald, professor of history at Drew University] said. “We lose a view on what real leadership is by compressing him down to one window.”

News flash, Doctor Greenwald – and, for that matter, the dumbasses at Comcast who chose the headline*: this is what ‘popular’ culture does. It simplifies and abstracts complexities down to consumable nuggets. Those stories about Washington and the cherry tree? Same deal; same process, different era.

*Typically, the AP is not responsible for the headlines under which their pieces run. Dunno who ran with this one, AP or Comcast, but it’s a friggin’ doozy on the “This is a job for Captain Obvious!” scale.

4 Responses to “Well no shit, Sherlock…”

  1. spyderkl Says:

    I’m certain it was Comcast. The exact same article appears on Yahoo! news – with a very different title.

    I’d personally like to see more folks talk about Dr. King’s antiwar activities. But maybe that’s just me.

  2. spyderkl Says:

    I'm certain it was Comcast. The exact same article appears on Yahoo! news – with a <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080121/ap_on_re_us/m…rel="nofollow">very different title</a>.

    I'd personally like to see more folks talk about Dr. King's antiwar activities. But maybe that's just me.

  3. protected static Says:

    The headline was nearly the same on MSNBC, so I dunno…

    And it certainly isn’t just you.

  4. protected static Says:

    The headline was nearly the same on MSNBC, so I dunno…

    And it certainly isn't just you.

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