After an Observer feature imagining what John Lennon would have made of Twitter and Blur, someone called Stewpot wrote:
This kind of article is very useful to me, otherwise I wouldn’t know what someone thought that a famous person might have thought about something which the famous person didn’t actually see, because the famous person is actually dead.
But what I think would make this even more useful is one of those “What would George Orwell have thought?” articles on this. For example, “What would George Orwell have thought about John Lennon’s opinions about Twitter?”. Taking this a stage further, we could also pose the question “What would Michael Jackson say about George Orwell’s opinions about John Lennon’s opinions about Twitter?”
In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize that there is a goldmine of potential articles here, a galaxy of dead people who can be surreptitiously resurrected to give pseudo-opinions. “What would Napoleon Bonaparte have thought about Adolf Hitler?”, “What would Sam Cooke have thought about Kanye West’s outbursts?”, “What would Saddam Hussein have thought about the rise of Facebook?” etc. etc.
It’s satire, of course, but there’s something in it. I’d like to read Adorno’s view of Montaigne’s take on Gandhi’s opinion of the “like button”.