Monday, February 13, 2012

From the Wrong End of the Looking Glass

I just sat through a portion of the documentary "Slavery by Another Name" being broadcast on Prairie PBS .....

It occurs to me that the writers/producers and commentary on this program about post Civil War America is deeply distorted. The problem being that as all endeavours in historical documentary by modern day liberal "scholars" the facts ... even when accurate ... become distorted by the view that is shaped through the prism of the modern experience.

I have news for anyone who thinks this is not a problem.

The modern experience of the sort of people who can indulge in studies of history like this ... is the experience of a sheltered and privileged existence.

Unless the historian and the teller of the story have the sense and the knowledge to turn their personal point of view around and view things in the context of the historical period in question... in other words ... unless they have some clue that the world we live in is NOTHING like the world they try to interpret for us ... then the only possible product of their efforts is revisionism.

The everyday behaviour of such liberal minded persons belies the possibility that they have any of the discipline or analytical capacity to study or recount either current events or real history in any accurate manner.

The problem?

That the product of such deluded minds is broadcast by organizations like PBS and viewed as being serious and trustworthy by an uncritical audience. No matter how small or how irretractibly liberal that audience might be ..... this sort of revisionist manipulation still serves to reinforce the sort of world view and historical perspective that is part and parcel of the modern liberal psyche.

The last thing the world needs is more thoroughly entrenched delusions about our history and the reasons that we are where we are today.

OMMAG

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3 Comments:

Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

revisionism is the norm now Ommag..ugh! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY my friend:)

2/14/2012 6:58 PM  
Blogger Gino said...

never secen that "slavery" show. but i'll tell ya... slavery in the south didnt really end with the end of slavery.

2/14/2012 10:23 PM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Like I said .... it's not necessarily about the facts .... it can be about which facts are left out of the story.

Every watch the "Newlywed Game".... ? ..... context is the key.

When people who tell stories are either incapable or unwilling to convey the context acurately ... it's revisionism.

2/16/2012 7:56 PM  

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