Greatness

Posted Thursday June 21, 2007 by John Gunders in |

Just had to share…

The next chapter is coming on apace. I’m looking at constructions of authenticity in travel writing and before I start building the argument I’m reviewing all the foundational texts that lead to the current state of research (as you do).

So I’ve been reading Boorstin’s The Image, a generally dismissed, but still important precursor to the recent stuff, and while scanning the largely irrelevant earlier chapters, I came across this classic line:

Shakespeare, in the familiar lines, divided great men into three classes: those born great, those who achieved greatness, and those who had greatness thrust upon them. It never occurred to him to mention those who hired public relations experts and press secretaries to make themselves look great. (45)

It’s an election year in Australia, and although The Image was first published in 1961, this quotation never looked truer than now.

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