Friday, March 04, 2005

(Ancient) Pop Culture

A fossil of a rather short humanoid life form, discovered somewhere in Indonesia a few months ago, is believed to be representative of a heretofore unknown species of early man. Almost as soon as it was announced to the public, EVERYONE started calling it a "Hobbit", owing to the popularity of the Lord of the Rings trilogy of films over the last few years. This is reminiscent of the naming of the hominid skeleton "Lucy" back in 1974, after a song by the Beatles. And let us not forget the left's mocking of the Strategic Defense Initiative by calling it "Star Wars".

Whatever happened to the good old days when fiction was inspired by reality?

If the "Hobbit" had been discovered in 1939, it would be called the "Munchkin". If in 1983, it would be the "Ewok". This is not a good trend.

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