Saturday, December 5, 2015
Happy Birthday, Uncle Walt
Today marks the 114th Birthday of Walter Elias Disney. Maybe you've heard of him?
Since the 90's it's been both fair game and fun for the internet to point out Disney's many flaws from a modern context. Yup. The man was a product of his times, both in the best and worst ways, and his influence on the world magnified those traits considerably. Also, if you think Walt was somehow unique in those questionable opinions, it's both a testament to the progress of American culture that we've reached a point where the documentable sexism, classism and racism seems weird, and - if that surprises you - maybe a sign you're not much of a non-fiction reader.
I recently watched the American Experience doc on Walt Disney, so you can probably pick up my opinions from that.
In the meantime, as we consider the absolutely gigantic multimedia empire Disney has become (TV networks, cable carriers, movies, innumerable TV shows, print and web, Amusement parks, cruise ships, private islands, that Frozen Freefall game Jamie plays non-stop)... it all started with a Mouse, and one I have a lot of affection for.