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.