Real genius loses out to celebrities
If John Backus had been a buxom model who married an old guy, or if he had been a cartoon, would you know of him?
Or, put another way, if Anna Nicole Smith had invented the Fortran computer programming language, would her death have been widespread news?
I resisted weighing in after Smith died last month. It seemed pointless to add to the ceaseless coverage of her sad life. But Backus died recently, and I got to thinking why I knew details about Smith but knew little of the computer genius who changed our lives.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A sad commentary on out junk food pop culture