Imagine, if you will, the following scenario: A modern-day Moses, standing atop Mount Sinai, has just received the Ten Commandments. Looking down, he sees the Israelites, impatient to hear the word of God. He pulls his iPhone out from the creases of his robe and starts tapping on it furiously. The Israelites, Moses knows, all follow him on Twitter, and so he tweets the whole congregation, condensing the fundamentals of Western morality to 140 characters. He then takes a photo with his phone, which he posts immediately to his Tumblr account; the people, he knows, will be blogging about this moment for ages to come.
Dear Hollywood, I watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, and I’m very disappointed in you. I’m not talking about Hugh Jackman’s song-and-dance numbers, or the inane montages and lengthy intros that made an already time-consuming ceremony feel even more protracted. I’m talking about Israel.
It should be of little surprise that Emma Goldman ended up a comic-book heroine.