Thursday, 11 February 2010
The pen is mightier than the Smith and Western.
The pen was indeed mightier than the Smith and Western. Editors perceived themselves as the voice of reason in the Wild West. Self-righteous guardians of morality, they named and shamed violent youngsters who dared disturb the peace with their brawls and bravado. And not letting a brick through the window get in the way of a good story, journalists overstepped the bounds of objectivity by encouraging vigilantism and admonishing lacklustre judges. Through the printed word, the Wild West was brought to its senses.
(Wargames Foundry Old West Figures designed by Mark Copplestone)