When my two sons were young, I would take them to the comic book store in Roswell, Georgia. It was owned by a young man named Sean Linkenback. In addition to selling comic books and other collectibles, he was a comic book appraiser and the author of An Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles the first comprehensive guide on the subject in the English language.
Godzilla is a relentless foe that was both feared and respected. Before there was the Terminator, there was Godzilla. The following article by Dr. Gary North compares the short feature film “Bambi Meets Godzilla” to the interview that clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson had with Cathy Newman, a British TV personality on the BBC’s Channel 4 News.
It’s a classic. As Dr. North points out, the interview has been shared online and memes have been created mocking Ms. Newman. Note how many times Peterson says “I didn’t say that.” You might want to have Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla” Playing in the background as you read Dr. North’s article: https://youtu.be/T65rW_SIzg0
In order to understand the title of this article, you need to watch a video. I regard this video as the finest low-budget cartoon ever produced. It is titled “Bambi Meets Godzilla.” It was made in 1969. This will take you only 90 seconds.
On very rare occasions, a public event takes place that represents a turning point. It is not that the public event causes the great turn; rather, it illustrates it or represents it. Such an event took place in December 1998, when Matt Drudge published his brief article on the decision of Newsweek to suppress the story of Bill Clinton and an unnamed intern. That was a visible turning point of the shift of influence away from physically published journalism to digitally published journalism. It was also symbolic of the beginning of the end of the gatekeepers’ control over the flow of information.
Today, the number of newsprint employees is down by over 55% since December 1998. The number of print magazine employees is down by 40%. Matt Drudge is worth about $90 million.
Such an event may have taken place last month. Anyway, I hope so…