Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Quotations: Think Hitchhiker's Guide meets Glinda's Great Book of Records

"The nephews, moreover, hold the key for entry into the adult world, and they make good use of it: the Junior Woodchuck (Boy Scout) Handbook. It is a Golden Treasury of conventional wisdom. It has an answer to every situation, every period, every date, every action, every technical problem. Just follow the instructions on the can, to ge4t out of any difficulty. It represents the accumulation of convention s permitting the child to control the future and trap it, so that it will not vary from the pat, so that all will repeat itself. All courses of action have been pretested and approved by authority of the manual, which is the tribunal of history, the eternal law, sponsored and sanctified by those who will inherit the world. It's all written down there, in that ridig catechism, just put it into practice and carry on reading. even the adversary is possessed of objective and just standards. The Handbook is one of those rare one-hundred-percent-perfect gimmicks in the complex world of Disney: out of forty-five instances in which it is used, it never fails once, beating in infallibility even the almost perfect Mickey Mouse." --Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, How to read Donald Duck; Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic.

Later Days.

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