Thursday, May 08, 2003

Chomsky in a den of lions
A new documentary featuring Chomksy has been released, 'Rebel Without a Pause'. In it, Chomsky says "If I'm a `persona' that attracts people, the world is in real trouble... I'm a boring speaker and I like it that way."

Certain unnamed acquaintances of mine saw his other recent effort, 'Power and Terror in our Times', and a number of unkind remarks followed, to the effect that he was the worst public speaker they had ever seen. Noting in the film the presence on stage during Chomsky's talk of a sign language interpreter, a further comment was allowed that perhaps he could hire an actor or newsreader with an earpiece with a direct link from Chomsky's microphone, who would pick up live Chomsky's speech and then re-speak it through the main broadcasting system. I'm still not sure if this was said in jest or not...

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