From the grave, John Lennon endorses One Laptop Per Child

Posted on Tue Dec 30 2008

John Lennon once hauntingly sang, "Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can." Now, more than 35 years later, Lennon is literally the ghost in the machine, shilling post-mortem for One Laptop Per Child, the group that provides computers to kids in impoverished countries. His widow, Yoko Ono, gave OLPC the OK. And the staunchly liberal Beatle would probably have admired the group's mission, even though it capitalistically equates the ownership and manipulation of technology with social justice and parity. At the very least, John would have appreciated the way his image has drummed up global headlines for the cause. The man used to stage "bed-ins" to generate publicity—though peace was the commodity he was trying to sell. All that aside: Was this low-budget atrocity really the best they could do? The zooming logos, pixelation and oddly sped-up Liverpudlian delivery seem like random elements from Lennon's LSD phase. "You can give a child a laptop and more than imagine. You can change the world," John says in the ad. If he wasn't already dead, lines like that would have killed him. Via Rolling Stone.

—Posted by David Gianatasio


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