Thursday, January 10, 2008

God in the Newspaper

For you Rovers who think that God has disappeared from public life: I was reading my local paper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, this morning and I came across an article that featured the Conde Nast "It List" of places to visit in 2008. Drum roll please.

Mozambique
St. Lucia
Montenegro
Ecuador
Sicily
Hainan Island, China
Oman
Puerto Escondido and the Oaxacan Coast
Paris
and yes, you better believe it...
San Diego, California
I'm sorry Kevin, I guess Florida just doesn't cut it.

The more interesting thing though is this quote from the article:

"People love lists - they take an incredibly complex body of material and reduce them to utter simplicity," said Robert Thompson, a professor and director of the Bleier Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. "And it's been going on for a millenium. God did it with the Ten Commandments: '10 Ways to Be a Good Human Being'"


Because the Ten Commandments are just as arbitrary as some hear-say must travel list. Furthermore, why does Syracuse have a Center for the Study of Popular Television? How academic can that be. It makes me lament the fact that Hesburgh dismantled Notre Dame's Communications department in the 70s because too many athletes were enrolled. We get the Center for Ethics and Culture instead. Which isn't bad, but it's not TV, cmon.

1 comment:

Kevin D said...

I rise to the defense of Florida.
First, you yourself admit the lack of validity of the article itself.
And second, why would a San Diego newspaper publish a list to convince people to visit...San Diego? Do people there really not even want to stay and see the sights?
-Kevin