Friday, April 28, 2006

A secret is something you tell someone else

I am not one of the 40 million or more people worldwide who has read the book "The Da Vinci Code" but I may get around to seeing the movie when it hits cable. The author Dan Brown was accused of stealing the idea from another book and his publishing company was sued in England. This was another big trial covered by the media and in the end the judge ruled that there was no plagarism and the case was decided in favor of the The Da Vinci Code publisher. End of story? Of course not.

Looking more like America with its "look at me" and "hey I can piggy-back onto this media circus" attitude the British judge Jutice Peter Smith thought he was being clever by embedding his own little code and a mini-message in the the text of his decision. This wasn't Enigma (solved) or Purple (solved) or A Treasure's Trove (solved) or Kryptos (not solved) but a schoolboy's "code" that took about two minutes to break. The judge even emailed people and said, "hey, look for my coded message and don't forget to look at this paragraph for more clues." It's so ridiculous that of course the world-wide media made that a story too. It's in the New York Times and the Today show. It's everywhere. Must be a slow news day, week, month and year. I guess you can't count on blond high school girls to go missing from caribbean islands every week.

No doubt you'll see and hear more from Judge Peter Smith in the future. I have no doubt that his agent is already working on replacing Judge Judy or the like and his publicist is writing the press release as I blog. Remember it's never just about the plaintiff or defendants or justice. It's always about how the lawyers, judges, jurors, news people, reporters and legal commentators can parlay the case into a full-time gig or a big payday for themselves. It's all about style and not substance anymore. Sounds a lot like politics.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Is the first draft of the Cranky Code finished yet? We can't wait forever. We need to get the McDonald's Cranky Meals in place and we can't stage a lawsuit until we know what's in the book.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

If the movie is half as shallow, predictable and cliche as the book, don't waste the $15 for a seat at the movie theatre. Put it at the bottom of your Netflix wish list and watch it after smoking a couple. Then it might be entertaining.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The sad thing about the book is that it is based on a series of books from the early 1980's that in turn were based on a hoax by a small group of Frenchmen. It was all exposed and admitted to by the mid 80's.

That Mary M was a far more important figure in early Christianity than is allowed in the canon is supportable, but the rest of the story is as much conjecture as the Bible itself.

8:46 AM  

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