Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Credulous as Hell

by Tom Bozzo

I confess that my exposure to the Orson Scott Card oeuvre to date has been limited to the discussion in Thomas Disch's The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of. It seems that I'm just as well off trying to keep up with a supermajority of the Hugo Award Best Novel nominees, though.

Following Wonkette, via Ken, I was amused to see Card's The Memory of Earth described on the famously left-biased Wikipedia as a "fictionalization of the Book of Mormon." The first question coming to mind was how do you fictionalize the already-fictional? (Sorry, any LDS pals out there.) Indeed, among seven theories of the origins of the Book of Mormon listed in the Wikipedia entry as of this evening (see time stamp on post), exactly none is "Joseph Smith made it up." It's almost as if there were a Conservapedia take-over of our left-biased repository of the Webiverse's knowledge.

As for Wonkette, it's a mystery as to whether Ms. Cox is responsible for the Card reference, or the Wonk (so we undertand) using Wonkette's avatar. No matter. Just see how real Bible-thumpers responded to Mitt's efforts to work his way out of his debate non-denial of evilution (h/t TPM) to see what the poor, if ever so handsome, guy's chances are in Crazy Base World.

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Brother Orson is, of course, a reference to this novel, as noted by Disch here.
"As for Wonkette, it's a mystery as to whether Ms. Cox is responsible for the Card reference"

? Ana Marie Cox hasn't been connected Wonkette since January, 2006; she's long been Time's Washington bureau chief.
Gary, the issue I was getting at is that since the all-new Wonkette and Ana Marie Cox posted the Card reference at about the same time at both Wonkette and Swampland, who came up with it first.

(Also, strictly speaking, I believe she's Time.com's Washington Editor.)
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