Saturday, June 21, 2008


I read this quote on Doug Wilson's blog and thought it a fascinating thought. I wonder if it is true it will make oral history relevant and valid again. We must tell our children all sorts of good stories.

"Faking of the words and pictures to fit the theme has been particularly prevalent in compilation programmes which purport to reconstruct out of stock footage some historical scene or happening . . . The accumulated documentation of our time will be so vast, and for one reason and another, so slated, that posterity will know nothing about us for sure. The first Dark Ages are lost in the mists of antiquity, with virtually no records; the coming Dark Ages will be equally lost in the blaze of studio lighting, with a superabundance of records, almost all falsified" (Malcolm Muggeridge, Christ and the Media, p. 66).

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