Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Stephen Noll takes on the Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code has gotten a well deserved slicing and dicing lately. Stephen Noll does one of the better jobs in so doing.

Frankly, I wish more would attack straight on its intellectual dishonesty. Dan Brown has presented his novel as based on fact. It is instead based on lies.

Brown’s technique is quite nasty when you think about it. If you wanted to really slander someone with dubious “facts,” the best way to do it wouldn’t be a supposedly non-fiction book that could be taken apart and discredited. A more effective method would be a pop fiction novel and/or movie. The slander would probably sell more. And if anyone disputed the “facts” in it, you could say, “Oh, it’s fiction” while still saying it’s based on fact. You could have it both ways.

That’s exactly what Brown along with his accomplice Sony has done.

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