TravelerOfTheWays, on Feb 19 2003, 04:43 AM, said:
Yeah, the Onion did a parody a while back: "Nation Afraid to Admit 9-Year-Old Disabled Poet Really Bad." Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have made it into their archives.
It's a shame about the poor little guy, really. He appears to be a sweet little kid, and he writes sweet little kid poems, but this constant adoration, the public's earnest desire to make him into something he can never be, cannot possibly be healthy.
It's all part of the silly "romanticization of childhood" tendency that our culture has been nurturing for the last 150 years or so. The idea that children have some primal connection to everything good and honest and pure, with which we adults have lost touch. Like that scary "Zoom, zoom" kid in the commercials whose innocent wisdom tells us to buy... whatever car it is that he's selling.
And all the people who buy into this idea, do they remember what it was like to be a child? As I recall it was fairly confusing and painful, and no secret font of knowledge was to be had.
"You kids don't know what you want. That's why you're still kids -- 'cause you're stupid!"