Barry Spector's Blog – July 2013 Archive (4)

Barry’s Blog # 65: Public Relations for the Myth of Innocence

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/barrys-blog-65-public-relations-for-the-myth-of-innocence/

Public Relations for the Myth of Innocence

  

On a recent trip to the Mono Lake region of the eastern Sierra, we had dinner at the Double Eagle Restaurant in Lee Vining, where we observed a curious sight on a wall near the…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 30, 2013 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Barry's Blog # 64: Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden and American Myth

Nineteen-nineteen was one of the most contentious years in American history. The presence of millions of unemployed World War One veterans added to an already difficult economic situation. In every industry, working people were confronting the excesses of capitalism. The year saw: more labor strikes than in any previous year; a resurgent Ku Klux Klan; several major race riots; pressure for both prohibition of alcohol and women’s right to vote; and a massive reactionary mobilization by the…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 15, 2013 at 6:12pm — 1 Comment

Barry's Blog # 63: Intersection of Myth and History: The U.S. and World War Two

Intersection of Myth and History: The U.S. and World War Two

 

I will never apologize for the United States of America. I don’t care what the facts are.  – George H.W. Bush

 

In this time of renewed militarism, demonization of enemies and surveillance of private citizens it is important to keep in mind both the willingness of politicians to distort the truth as well as our uniquely American, innocent capacity to believe their lies. Myth is what holds…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 10, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Barry's Blog # 62: What We Have Lost

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/barrys-blog-62-what-we-have-lost/

A reader recently asked me for a short answer to the question: What have we lost by literalizing our mythological stories?

The evidence is all around us, so ubiquitous that we don't see it. The creative imagination (which I discuss in Chapter One of my book) that is our universal…

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Added by Barry Spector on July 2, 2013 at 1:03pm — No Comments

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