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New ad puts words in John Lennon's mouth
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 12/26/08 4:39 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

There is a new public service announcement for the OLPC Foundation (One Laptop Per Child) that features John Lennon. More than featuring him, it actually puts words in his mouth, words he could have never possibly said, because the OLPC project didn't exist when he was alive.

In the ad, you hear a voice that sounds like John Lennon say, "Imagine every child, no matter where in the world they were, could access a universe of knowlege. They would have a chance to learn, to dream, to achieve anything they want. I tried to do it through my music. But now, you can do it in a very different way."

Then, you actually see a moving image of John Lennon, as he appears to say, "You can give a child a laptop, and more than imagine, you can change the world."

Now, I'm not arguing that this isn't a good cause, because I do believe that it is a worthy thing that the OLPC project is trying to do. And according to the group, Yoko gave her permission for this.

But, is it right to put words in John Lennon's mouth, to present it in such a way so that it appears he is actually saying these words? Is it a moral thing to do? Should we not let John's life speak for itself, without these attempts to change history and update his relevance to today?

Update: The fans speak. Click here.

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