As a freshman at DeSmet Jesuit High School, in October of 1972, Mr. Rich Grawer, my history teacher, wanted to familiarize us with proper research techniques. Over a series of weeks, I had to research, after decoding clues, the winners of the 1968 and 1972 Royal Dutchman sailing class in the Olympics. Learning how to use research available in a library was a good skill for 1972.
Now, many just go to google or wikipedia.
My university degrees are in history and painting. It was the seventies, but, the truth was, those were my two passions, well, besides athletics.
I was fortunate enough to have professors who helped us appreciate the complexities of dealing with contemporary sources. In this day and age, it can be virtually impossible to tell what is absolute crap and what is merely, well intentioned, but poorly attributed information.
Getting the rough picture of complicated situation does not mean one understands said situation. To quote a fairly modern troubadour, " One should not describe a KISS concert if you have not been there."
In our modern world of social media, much of the real stories are left out of the tweets, Facebook rants, and Instagram pictoids.
We live in a complex world.
In light of the pieces in BBC, Independent and Guardian on the supposed adidas departure, and the reactions I have recieved from many in the industry, I thought I would try to take away some of the confusion.
But then, maybe I will just add to it....