|This show is a cross between entertainment and documentary. It's staged at a class of college students at New York University, where history buff Robert Wuhl teaches the way history really was.|
He calls (American) history "the stories that made up America and the stories that America made up," that history is popular culture, the entertainment of its day. He quotes Tolstoy, "History would be wonderful thing - if it were only true," and Napoleon, "History is a myth that men agree to believe." To explain why history is as much fiction as fact, he quotes a line from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." In other words, once everyone believes the story, it doesn't really matter whether it's true, it gets printed anyway. If it's not what happened, well, it's what people want to believe happened.
So, I don't know how accurate his retelling of past events really is. But it's interesting and funny, and it makes you think. How much of what we've all been taught really happened, well, really happened? It's interesting to see his take on things.
For another bit of current entertainment that will make you think, see V for Vendetta is Fantastic.[Read More]