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blmeanie

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How Many?
« on: April 19, 2017, 11:20:33 PM »

When John's quote of the Beatles being more popular than Jesus was quoted in August of 1966 in America and all the negativity commenced, the world population that year was ~ 3.4 billion people.

What do you all think to this question - what percent of the world population heard/knew of the controversy?  With technology all that it wasn't back then, radio and tv reports and written newspapers and magazines were the only way it would spread.  The Beatles were the most "non Jesus" entity (most likely) then, right?

So how many people in the world knew of his quote, knew who he was?

Imagine in today's world with social media, how would it spread?  Imagine the United Airlines goof x 1000 ?
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Re: How Many?
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 02:31:17 AM »

Probably most of the population.  The media pushed the story and it travelled.

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Re: How Many?
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 05:18:03 AM »


It's an interesting question. I wonder if the main difference today is that it would be highlighted in a lot of different markets where it might have passed with less comment in the 60s. For instance twitter would reach the Latin American markets which have strong religious communities. That could have helped stoke up the outrage.  I'm not aware whether this was a big controversy for non English speaking markets in the 60s.

On the upside those coming to Lennon's defence would have been more easily mobilised as well.

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Re: How Many?
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 10:33:01 AM »

What surprises me the most still to this day is that in England, where it was originally published 5 months prior to in the U.S. , there didn't seem to be any outrage. 
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Re: How Many?
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 12:05:58 PM »

On the other hand, John might have had a better possibility to get the quote correct. In 1966 it soon became 'bigger than Jesus', where John actually stated 'more popular than Jesus'. A slight difference with a great impact.
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Re: How Many?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 01:02:31 AM »

On the other hand, John might have had a better possibility to get the quote correct. In 1966 it soon became 'bigger than Jesus', where John actually stated 'more popular than Jesus'. A slight difference with a great impact.

That's a great difference, actually. Being "more popular than Jesus" could have been a fact. Being "bigger than Jesus" would have been an insane pretension.
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Re: How Many?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 01:56:27 AM »

He could have used it as his twitter bio.
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Re: How Many?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2017, 04:16:46 AM »

I was 16 at the time and read about it in the newspaper.  I knew what he meant by that remark.  "Bigger" was slang for "more popular."  Most of us in the United States paid little attention to it initially.  Several radio stations promulgated the mess.  Primitive social media proved to be a strong influence.


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