Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Fiction versus Lies

To help appreciate the scope of the concept of fiction, we are currently using John Mills' create autobiography to consider the intersection between -- and in this particular case, the intermingling of -- fiction and non-fiction. Add to your understanding by reading the following story from today's online version of the CBC and experience lie in its naked form. http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/03/01/sponsorship050301.html Now, textually analyse the shameless lie in the article text in comparison to the tenor of Mills' text & add your comment to this post.

1 comment:

xcentrik9 said...

Essentially, we have to take both Mills' story and Lafleur's at face value.

Of course, until evidence is provided that proves otherwise, they're telling the truth. Don't worry, I'm not that acquiescent.

In Mills' case, whether he has embellished or chosen to omit things from his autobiography is irrelevant, at least to me. After all, I'm not reading Mills' work to figure out how to lead my life.

In the case of the sponsorship scandal (which should just be called SponsorGate from this point onwards), the embellishment or omission is far more dire. This is money that comes directly from taxpayers.

If the people that are involved in SponsorGate did what they did, and are dumb enough to not cover their tracks well enough, then, they deserve to be punished. Of course, the punishment should fit the crime. However, by this point, we all know that it's going to be a slap on the wrist, no?