Thursday, July 15, 2010

Is FLG Wrong

...to feel offended that George Will or his editors felt the need to explain the Icarus myth?  Complete with explanatory hyperlink in the online edition.

In the Greek myth, Icarus is given wings in the form of feathers affixed by wax to a wooden frame. He also is given a warning: Do not fly too high lest the sun melt the wax. In the ecstasy of soaring, he forgot, and fell to his death.

2 comments:

Alpheus said...

On the plus side, he didn't feel he had to provide background for his joke about Adam and Eve . . .

arethusa said...

I would bet that there is a vast swathe of people between the ages of 30 (when the US educational system really started to take a dive) and 12 (the age of Percy Jackson fans) who don't know who Icarus is.

Or maybe Will was being condescending.

 
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