The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fultonnote
, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
White doesn't necessarily practice film criticism, although what he writes is almost always based on his real or imagined characterization of what other critics have already written. The movie itself sometimes gets lost in White's internal monologue
as he rages against some chimerical critical consensus
—Jim Emerson on film critic Armond White
To the anti-vaccine cranks at AoA
, this hearing was nothing less than a battle of the good Saint Andy versus Big Pharma Evil, and its verdict proof positive that the pharma conspiracy to “poison” children with vaccines
was taking its vengeance on poor, poor Andy for speaking truth to power. As it became clear that, finally after all this time, the GMC was on the verge of announcing its ruling, I noticed that the AoA
ramped up an increasingly bizarre and unhinged last minute propaganda campaign, complete with a hilariously inapt post by Mark Blaxill comparing Wakefield to Galileo and the GMC to the Inquisition and containing references to Stalin and Mao
(I suppose I should be relieved that Blaxill refrained from playing the Hitler card)...Of course, Wakefield’s vision of himself as a brave Galileo persecuted by the forces of dogmatism is nothing new. He pulled that gambit right after the GMC Fitness to Practise Panel Hearing began in July 2007, likening himself to Václav Havel, the playwright turned political activist in Czechoslovakia who spent several terms in prison for his political activities opposing its Soviet-style Communist government in the 1970s and 1980s and ultimately played a major role in the Velvet Revolution
of 1989 that led to the bloodless overthrow of Communism.
Galileo? Václav Havel? Wakefield surely does have an inflated view of himself!
Next he’ll be comparing himself to Gandhi or Martin Luther King.
, "The Martyrdom of St. Andy"
Gene Ray, born Otis Eugene Ray, is a former electrician and inventor who actively promoted the game of marbles
. Sometime after losing his own, he created the idea and the website for Time Cube in August 1997. He proclaimed himself a Doctor of Cubism and Wisest Human in December 2002 and has since been going on a steady downhill slope...He has promised $10,000 to Wikipedia
, or the first academic or just anyone who could refute the Time Cube theory, citing the wager at least 6 times on the main page. He is, of course, the only judge for that particular wager.
He speaks with the same incoherency as he writes. It's entirely possible he has actual medical brain damage... but the Internet has desensitized people to insanity on such a level
this is usually not considered.