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

Barry’s Blog # 76: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part 4)

Sing sorrow, sorrow, but good win out in the end. – Aeschylus

As a mythologist (and sharing our common curiosity about these things), I felt responsible to watch several of the recent (November 2013) documentaries on the Kennedy’s and read much of the journalism on the subject that was published this month. On TV, pundits lined up to calmly and rationally discuss the major issues and then conclude, predictably, that we should all trust the dominant narratives of John F.…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 30, 2013 at 10:15am — 1 Comment

Barry’s Blog # 75: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part Three)

http://madnessatthegates.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/barrys-blog-75-john-f-kennedy-and-americas-obsession-with-innocence-part-three/

Wow! I never realized that Kennedy and Vietnam was to your generation what Princess Diana and 9/11 is to ours. – A thirty-something

The Dying God (1)

He was known in…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 27, 2013 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 74: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part Two)

I shouted out, “Who killed the Kennedys?” When after all it was you and me.  – Mick Jagger

Myth Making

1 – Inventing Camelot

The Kennedy clan began to manipulate the media images of JFK and his immediate family long before his election and has continued to do so long after his death. Shortly after the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, JFK, fully aware of both the political moment and the mythic implications, told a…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 21, 2013 at 1:28pm — No Comments

Barry’s Blog # 73: John F. Kennedy and America’s Obsession with Innocence (Part One)

If anyone’s going to kill me, it should happen now. – John F. Kennedy, 1962

At book talks I often ask, When did you lose your innocence?  Common answers include 9-11 and the various political assassinations of the 1960s. Then I ask, When did you lose it again?

The trick question is meant to make people ponder a uniquely American situation. The idea of innocence lies at foundation of our national identity. It is as fundamental to…

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Added by Barry Spector on November 19, 2013 at 8:31pm — No Comments

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