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...Public fascination with dinosaurs...(continued)

(Here is the 2nd in a series of blogs,
presenting Mr. Holland's article.)

(Please Note : TV listing may be outdated)


Of course, ubiquity can deaden us to wonder. It might seem strange that creatures so awesome to contemplate should also lend themselves so wholeheartedly to kitsch. But this is an ambiguity that has always lain at the heart of the dinosaur's image. Stephen Jay Gould has explained dinomania by referring to "the epitome proposed by a psychologist colleague: big, fierce, extinct- in other words, alluringly scary, but sufficiently safe". Dinosaurs are seen as "safe", patronisingly regarded as bywords for evolutionary failure, and it is that which makes them seem so ripe for commercial exploitation, even as they are also regarded as the ultimate in ferocity and size. Such a tension, between T Rex as a child's stuffed toy and as the lawyer-crunching, jeep-mauling monster of Jurassic Park, helps to illustrate why dinosaurs have no simple metaphorical value. They are defined by evolving scientific research, and yet science is unable to explain them altogether: into the gaps can be projected all our manifold obsessions and concerns, as mutable and contradictory as society itself. It turns out that the B-movies were right all along: just when you think you've got dinosaurs pinned down, they always break free.
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...Public fascination with dinosaurs...

Beastly business - the public fascination with dinosaurs seems to stem both from their size and the fact that they are extinct New Statesman, Oct 4, 1999 by Tom Holland

We remain more fascinated by dinosaurs than by any living creatures. But why? Tom Holland looks for the meaning in dinomania...

(Here is the 1st in a series of blogs,
presenting Mr. Holland's article.
)
(Please Note : TV listing may be outdated)

In almost every children's book on dinosaurs, there is an illustration of a giant long-necked herbivore bellowing in agony as flesh is shredded from its flanks by a much smaller but fleeter-footed predator. It is the kind of image that must haunt a large, sluggishly performing organisation. Yet the BBC, which has lately been enduring a savaging such as any pack of velociraptors might have been proud to inflict, is turning to dinosaurs to help patch up its wounds. They are the subject of its flagship science series this autumn, and the fascination that they inspire should ensure that Walking with Dinosaurs is an enormous worldwide hit.

It is certainly doubtful whether the colossal [pounds]6 million budget required to bring the Mesozoic convincingly to life would ever have been committed to any other nature series. This reflects the rather depressing fact that dinosaurs are simply more intriguing to people, and more familiar as well, than the vast majority of creatures still alive upon the planet. In fact, so prevalent have images of them become, in books, films, toys and cartoons, that they must surely rank among the most familiar icons of a century that they predate by millions of years. Can there be anyone easier to buy a present for than a friend who likes dinosaurs? When it comes to dead celebrities, Elvis has nothing on tyrannosaurus rex.
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