What do I mean by this? Just flip the channel anytime throughout the day and what do you typically get? Reality shows. It seems that each time I am watching the channel all I am getting are re runs of such dopey reality shows such as, Ax men, Ice Road Truckers, American Pickers, ( My wife actually loves this show) Swamp People, and Pawn Stars (My wife also like this show) Exactly what historical value does a show about some belligerent Ice Truck Drivers somewhere in the North Pole have to do with history? Exactly how am I learning about history from watching a bunch of green horns duke it out with one another on Ax Men? I want to learn about history, I do not want to be entertained. If I want to be entertained then I will just watch an episode of The Office, or watch a sports game. Call me old fashioned, but I want the History Channel to teach me...well history. I want nothing but the truth. So give it to me plain and simple. I do not need to be entertained.
However, I believe there is a larger point here...(I do have a point I hope)
The sad consequence of this is that the History Channel is providing a disservice to the public by not doing what it is supposed to do, teach history. I believe that by not educating the public about history it is contributing to the gross ignorance and indifference that plagues our country today. The reality is that we are living in turbulent times. Now more than ever we need to learn about history. We need a context in which to place our current struggles in. Without this context we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of past generations. The consequences of this are dire indeed.
|A shot from the epic 1964 movie, Fall of The Roman Empire|
I know that there are different and better ways that I can learn about history then the History Channel. But still a part of me laments those days where I could turn on the History Channel any time and catch some engrossing documentary. For now I will grieve briefly, shed a tear, get some Kleenex tissues, borrow my brother's black suit, maybe by some cheap flowers, or erect a monument. I must come to terms that my beloved History Channel has sold out. (Maybe it is time to crack open those dusty History textbooks sitting somewhere in my mother's attic.)