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February 9, 2005
Ready for Your Close Up, Mr. Lessig?
Siva sends word that Larry is on The West Wing tonight -- sort of (hyperlinks, mine):
In the second scene of West Wing a character called "Professor Lawrence Lessig" walked in. The president said, "The Future of Ideas Lawrence Lessig?" Yes. Played by Rev. Jim.
Of course, he looked and sounded nothing like Larry. Still, pretty cool.
Heh. It's at times like these when I wish I had a television.
[Note to ILAW alums: I suppose this is one answer to Dave Winer's question last spring about which actor should play which professor in ILAW: The Movie. I still think Jon Stewart is the right choice for Jonathan Zittrain.]
Update: via BoingBoing, amusing details through a spoiler site, hinting that the fictional Larry is as idealistic and persistent as the real one:
Lessig thinks that the most important job they have is to instill those values in the leaders through discussion & debate. Toby says he's talking about 8 people on a DC sightseeing trip. Does Lessig think he's going to reverse 50 years of brutal dictatorship by teaching those 8 people democratic values? Lessig says the 8 are all the President's men & they're teaching them how to scrutinize power.
Update #2: Video
Update #3: Larry himself, characteristically humble: "My story is on the West Wing because I was at Harvard -- not because the brilliance of my intervention had been noted and reviewed, but because I was teaching talented kids who would prove to be important."
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