Everybody needs a penguin catapult.

Almost nothing to report. I’ve been reading Philip Wylie’s Generation of Vipers, first published in 1942, which criticizes the social institutions and people found in the USA at that time. 66 years later, lots of his criticisms still ring true. People are still anti- intellectual, TV is more of a vast wasteland than radio ever was, and political discourse is, if anything, less civil and more stupid now than it was then. I wonder if that book is less a study of the times it was written in than a general critique of humanity.

I also wonder how the author managed to avoid getting pilloried in the press. He spent one chapter postulating a personal, idiosyncratic, and highly controversial interpretation of what real Christianity is and what Jesus was really saying. His interpretation is . . . orthogonal to what most churches teach, but interesting nontheless. Well, a lot of the time, people don’t pay attention to what you say, they just pay attention to how loudly you say it. You can see this by looking at the fundamentalist response to Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass book (essentially none) and their response to “The Golden Compass” movie (protests, angry letters to the editor, boycotts). Ideas in books aren’t dangerous, because hardly anybody reads books. Ideas in movies or TV are really dangerous, because everybody watches TV or movies.

This probably means that the revolution will not be televised. It’ll be on YouTube.