Not surprisingly, I couldn’t let the scandal involving John Edwards and Rielle Hunter go without doing a quick Silicon Graffiti on it. The video builds on–and brings up to date–an essay I contributed to the New Partisan in 2005, tying in today’s media-created hucksters, with Orson Welles’ last completed movie, F For Fake which had just come out on DVD back then. The new SG also quotes (in slightly truncated form), one of my favorite passages from an essay by Umberto Eco:
G K Chesterton is often credited with observing: “When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” Whoever said it–he was right. We are supposed to live in a sceptical age. In fact, we live in an age of outrageous credulity.
Fortunately, the customers seem to be much less credulous these days than those who supply the product.