On Sunday, December 16, 2012 8:02:49 PM UTC-5, Stephen Paul King wrote:
> On 12/16/2012 7:27 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
> What about all of the other possible theories of history?
> This series isn't a theory, it's just recent US history focusing on the
> deeper background of the people involved. He shows how even the generals
> disagreed with Truman that dropping the A-Bombs was necessary, how the
> Russians did the bulk of the fighting against the Nazis (they lost like
> 23,000,000 people to our 418,500
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II_casualties). Which is ironic
> considering that right wingers now try to claim that Hitler was some kind
> of Marxist (of course the opposite is true).
>> What makes Stone's theory any more credible than my own? Is it because he
>> is famous? Famous people are well known to be just as wrong as any one else.
> There's no theory. Watch the series sometime.
> My point is that there is no such a thing as an objective account of
Of course. Oliver Stone pretty much says that too.
> Any account of the history of the world, where many people and things are
> involved in many processes at many diverse levels, will be biased because
> one can only take a point of view that generates an integrates "sense". The
> universe is not simple and we should never expect that any simple narative
> of it is "the whole story".
> Oliver Stone is an artist, not a divine teller of truths. Stop the
> idolatry, please.
Who is idolazing? I'd give the show a B+ to B most of the time. It's not
perfect, but it's got a lot of things in there that I had vaguely swimming
around in my mind put into a timeline-episode context that makes it easier
to think about. For the record, I's say that Stone's stuff is merely
adequate a lot of the time. He's no Kubrick, but he tries hard and I
believe he thinks he's being honest.
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