Dr. Zahi Hawass,
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence:
The dream of the Egyptian people:
Ending the reign of Pharaoh.
But President Mubarak refuses to resign.
Instead, he fired his old cabinet, and appointed
to his new cabinet.
Nothing new, say the people.
Democracy activists call yet again for Mubarak to leave,
proving that their dream of a democratic Egypt
is “more than just imagination.”
President Mubarak tells the people
where they can put their dream:
Which shows that the story
that Zahi Hawass is still narrating…
… and the story that National Geographic
continues to showcase (with monotonous regularity)…
… is not about Way Back When,
but about Right Now:
“We were once at the very top,” Dr. Hawass has said,
referring to the time of the pharaohs.
“Be proud of this heritage,” he tells young people.
To which we reply:
Thank God Egypt’s young people
are looking elsewhere for inspiration.
Unfortunately, when they open National Geographic magazine,
they’ll get a motherlode of Pharaoh —
and mountains of landscape photos to
“inspire people to care about the planet” —
but nothing about…
… because we don’t publish stories like this anymore.
Any comment, John?
≡ photo of Zahi Hawass & sphinx via Glenn Ashton