Hey gang, it's GAP's our much anticipated return from our summer hiatus*. Be sure to keep checking for new and improved features, usability and content. For now though, just a quickie.
The Guardian has an article today on "Creation" the Charles Darwin biopic. Apparently it is having trouble finding a distribution company on this side of the pond because the subject matter is too controversial for American audiences. From the article:
On the heels of a February 2009 Gallup poll showing that only 39% of Americans believe the theory of evolution, a new British film about Darwin has had difficulty finding US distributors, apparently because the topic was deemed too controversial for American audiences.Ouch. It's always enlightening to see a critique of our culture from an outsiders POV. Is it strange that we (as a culture) don't see anything controversial about the Saw movies, but a movie about Darwin is too risque/offensive/dangerous for widespread distribution.
It's a remarkably low degree of support, even in a nation that flirted with the idea of vice-president Sarah Palin. After all, America has often been seen as an innovator, at the forefront of technological and scientific change.
Perhaps America's distrust of a major scientific theory could be dismissed as part of the country's quirky charm, with no real consequences because the story of creation has little to do with our practical, day-to-day lives. As long as that 39% of disbelievers are making our microchips and producing swine flu vaccine, who cares?
*Maybe it's not though, stay tuned gentle reader.