February 6, 2014

The famous lawprof Larry Lessig is walking across New Hampshire in the wrong kind of pants and it's a story in The New Republic because...

... well, you'll have to read a long way into this article to figure out why, and it's not the cause of knowing better than to wear jeans when hiking in cold, wet weather.

Wasn't there some old lady that was walking across America one time, for peace or something like that? And then there was Forrest Gump, running across America, getting to the end, then turning around and running the other way, and gathering followers, even though he had no message? Or was a happy face T-shirt the message? I don't know, but there's no way I'm sitting through that movie again to try to find out.

But I will try to read this TNR thing. Scanning to paragraph 7:
And so, while the New Hampshire Rebellion is patterned after the exploits of “Granny D,” the octogenarian campaign-finance-reform activist who walked the length of country in 1999...
Yes, that's the old lady I just mentioned. Granny D. Campaign finance reform? I'd forgotten. But she was noticed. Because she was old, and she was walking. The whole length of the country. Lessig is reasonably young, and he's only doing a 2-week, 185-mile walk. But he's famous, and he's savvy about getting publicity.
... Swartz is its real inspiration. Lessig sometimes calls the march “Aaron’s walk” and timed it to begin on the one-year anniversary of Swartz’s death. “That event radicalized me,” Lessig tells me. “It’s pushed me over an edge, a certain kind of edge.”
Pushed over the edge, by a young man who went over the edge into suicide.

Walking is a grand old way of spreading a message and gathering followers. It's the Jesus method. Imagine Jesus augmented with tweeting and TED talks and all the other mechanisms of modern media.

21 comments:

Oso Negro said...

Jesus would have to put out a lot more in the way of explanation these days. The Millenials struggle with straight-forward lecture, let alone parables.

Anonymous said...

"My name is Forrest, Forrest Gu- ump."

Titus said...

New Hampshire got like 14 inches (yum) of snow yesterday. That must of dampered the walk.

New Hampshire is kind of fab. They have all these old, fancy, "great" hotels. Hotel Washington is the most delish.

john said...

Don't forget about Art Garfunkel.

Ipso Fatso said...

I like this part of the story:

“… the buddy system will remain in effect: At the motel, everyone but Lessig gets a roommate.”

I guess some are more equal than others.

KLDAVIS said...

Larry, for all his faults, is a remarkable human being. From the beginning (and, I was there, even before the start of Creative Commons) I didn't think Aaron ever really deserved Larry as a champion, but by taking the easy way out he seems to have guaranteed his services for the foreseeable future.

Ann Althouse said...

"Don't forget about Art Garfunkel."

I actually did think about him as I was writing this post, but he didn't make the final cut.

Got upstaged by Jesus.

Again.

Uninterested Observer said...

Aaron Swartz killed himself in New York because Carmen Ortiz overcharged him in Massachusetts. So Larry Lessig is walking across New Hampshire to address systemic corruption in Washington. Confusing.

Left Bank of the Charles said...

Larry Lessig is the Pied Piper of our time, and Aaron Swarz just the most prominent of the many children Larry has led out of the village because we wouldn't pay his fee.

John Rambow said...

It also reminds me a little of Gandhi's marching to obtain salt (and break British laws about who could obtain that salt). But that walk had clear goals, and this one seems a lot fuzzier.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_March

RecChief said...

famous to whom? Never heard of him

Roughcoat said...

Boring article, boring subject.

Meade said...

Boring comment.
Win, win, win!

EMD said...

No Terry Fox?

Ran across Canada with one leg and cancer.

Well, almost.

R. Chatt said...

I think you were referring to the
Peace Pilgrim Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim - 1908-1981 - Walking over 25000 miles from 1953 to 1981

Cheryl said...

I'm not sure Jesus would have been very interested in Ted talks. He was fine talking to crowds but saved His deepest teaching for a small group. Those were the people He poured Himself into. That is still the best way to really learn something, at the expert's elbow, baby steps, until you can do the thing without assistance.

I say this as someone who loves online courses. There is no substitute for a person who will give you face time (and heart time).

chuck said...

Ha, ha. And this same superstar Harvard Law professor was a complete sucker for Obama's high sounding BS. I don't see how a man of such childish naivete is going to do anything good about campaign finance reform. Joseph Kennedy, that old pirate, did pretty well with securities reform, but he *was* an old pirate. Lessig lacks the criminal insight needed to deal effectively with political money.

Anonymous said...

He was really torn up about Aaron. I followed him since that event via Twitter. He didn't say much by put seemed internally wounded. He knew and mentored Schwartz since he was a munchkin iirc. Interesting choice.

Anonymous said...

So how log does it take to walk across New Hampshire? Half an hour or so?

J/K. Heh.

stlcdr said...

Because walking somehow will solve the actual problem?

Ok, I get it, it raises awareness. Great. All 'raising awareness' does is prompt more people to raise [more] awareness. Maybe with a cheap rubber bracelet made in China, or something.

Just like signing a petition: which is a list of stupid, lazy, people. Unless the petition is an actual trigger for action, in which case, the list is still a list of stupid, lazy people, but mostly made up crap.

Maybe if the person walking gets hit by an advertising truck with a big 'save the Tatas' ribbon on it. Is awareness raised enough yet?

stlcdr said...

Because walking somehow will solve the actual problem?

Ok, I get it, it raises awareness. Great. All 'raising awareness' does is prompt more people to raise [more] awareness. Maybe with a cheap rubber bracelet made in China, or something.

Just like signing a petition: which is a list of stupid, lazy, people. Unless the petition is an actual trigger for action, in which case, the list is still a list of stupid, lazy people, but mostly made up crap.

Maybe if the person walking gets hit by an advertising truck with a big 'save the Tatas' ribbon on it. Is awareness raised enough yet?