ComPost: the power of myth

Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Wikipedia and the demise of the dilettante

Wikipedia, light of my life, fire of my loins. Five syllables, trippingly off the tongue. Wee. Kee. Pedia. Thursday was Wikipedia's tenth birthday. According to the About Wikipedia page, it contains 3,528,071 articles and 22,902,598 pages in total. "There...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:10 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Worst Things Ever, Worst Things Ever, Worst Things Ever | Tags:  Google, kids these days, the power of myth, wikipedia

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011


Everyone is shouting. It starts innocently enough. You see someone else shouting. "Stop shouting!" you say. He doesn't stop. "Stop shouting!" you insist, more loudly. "You need to stop shouting and be quiet!" Suddenly you find that you are shouting,...

By Alexandra Petri  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures, Epic Failures | Tags:  America, Glenn Beck, Keith Olbermann, Sarah Palin, censorship, media, the power of myth

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011

More myths about the Civil War

The Post this weekend includes a list of five myths why the South seceded. I helped make the accompanying quiz. It is rife with legitimate facts! Here are a few more myths about the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson got the...

By Alexandra Petri  |  06:59 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Petri, Petri | Tags:  America, Civil War, mythbusters, the power of myth

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/15/2010

The hero with a thousand races

Over the course of the campaign cycle so far, the one thing that has struck me most has been the resemblance between the political narrative and the narrative of the hero as sketched out in the writings of mythographer...

By Alexandra Petri  |  02:26 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Barack Obama | Tags:  elections, the power of myth