Moon is the latest in a string of ‘academics’, and who would trust an ‘academic’ paid to advance a single agenda, who have done very well out of the ‘cult of Maori wonderfulness’, as Sir Bob Jones so aptly put it. In order to do well in that field it is necessary to extol the virtues of the race based culture and decry the culture of the ‘colonists’, namely the British, hence the article.
That is why it is so important for Moon to make a play of showing that Shakespeare is irrelevant. He has to show his credentials to his backers. His pay depends on it.
Of course he’s entitled to an opinion on any subject, as are we all, but to be allowed a whole article in the nation’s largest circulation newspaper to opine on a subject outside his field of interest makes a mockery of Mr Moon and the Herald alike.
Please read the article to see what a pompous ass he makes of himself. On the one hand he is intent on showing off his knowledge of Shakespeare, quoting the Bard liberally throughout to show what a learned boy he is, and on the other sneering at anyone who can’t name 18 of his plays, their plots and their literary significance.
Paul Moon: Is Shakespeare now irrelevant?
Four hundred years after the writer's death it's time to acknowledge he has less to offer the modern world.
Four centuries on, perhaps we can now afford to be honest enough to acknowledge his increasing literary and cultural irrelevance.
I had recently been to see ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Pop-Up Globe and was struck all over again by just how relevant Shakespeare remains. The audience of old and young from all walks of life and cultures clearly understood the plot despite it being couched in the language of 400 years ago. It is the credit of the actors that they were able to bring the play alive with a bawdy good humour that obviously surprised the younger members of the audience.
Anyone watching the play would see the root of pantomime, that enduring classic of English culture, and bask in the glory of the English language, flowering from common usage and invention by the likes of Shakespeare, and the host of genius writers who followed over the centuries. England, its people, language and culture, is the underlying culture of Kiwis no matter how much Moon wishes it were otherwise.
While Moon delivers a ‘mooning’ to the culture of England and one of her favourite sons, I am still over the moon about this marvellous production. It skilfully demonstrates the enduring relevance of Shakespeare to our Kiwi culture. The only irrelevance is Moon’s nasty little article.