Does Hollywood rewrite History, and If so does it pose a real threat to our children's education?
Surely anyone who has seen Troy (2004) would argue that Hollywood does have a habit of creating thier own version of History. However, should we just be able to enjoy a film without scrutinising its accuracy, or will our children's children have a uneducated view on past events The floor is yours.....
Asked By: Sir Basil Cheese Wrench III - 3/12/2007
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I think you'd have to say that Hollywood have committed no greater a crime against 'truth' than Homer did in his time in turning events into a story that is fit for re-telling. And you'd have to say in many cases, what we 'know for certain' (really for certain) about many historical events could be written on the head... More
Answered By: nandadevi9 - 3/12/2007
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Well, Hollywood makes it's own version of history. But if you use an oppurtunirty like that to show kids what really happened during that time, take Troy for an example. Depending on how old the kid is, read them the myths of Troy, whether from the Odyssey or other sources... More
Answered By: Marie C - 3/12/2007
It's called "Poetic License" and "Dramatization" They get the main facts right (usually) and them fluff it up to thrill people.
Answered By: cmdruser - 3/12/2007
Yes, it does rewrite history. However, as long as parents teach their children how to differentiate between fact and fiction, their won't be a problem. I think it is best to remember that few movies declare themselves largely historically accurate. We have to remember that unless it is a documentary, the likelihood... More
Answered By: erinn83bis - 3/12/2007
It's a good question... More
Answered By: Scott - 3/12/2007
The days of watching unaltered history films are over. In general the information we have about history is too general making it a boring, non-blockbuster, low budget film. Adding the basic (Sex and Violence along with special affects) keep the movie goers interested. To watch unaltered history watch the history... More
Answered By: Emanuel S - 3/12/2007
No Hollywood does not re-write history. It entertains, our problem is is that we are too lazy to read and research on our own. So instead we sit in front of a television or movie screen and accept the fictional version of some holllywood director whose only job is to make entertaining and sensational films, that... More
Answered By: john_kiethmichaek - 3/12/2007
Hollywood has always rewritten history. But there was a time when it admitted it was making entertainment. Now, too often, it claims the story is true, that it is historical when anyone who has studied it knows it is not... More
Answered By: Elizabeth Howard - 3/12/2007
In my opinion....Hollywood definitly has a way of sprucing up historical events...... movies are just for fun....... it is important that kids know that movies aren't real......... they are just entertainment........not a source for learning.......as long as they study history, and know not to trust movies for... More
Answered By: e - 3/12/2007
I hope to God that our schools don't ever resort to watching Hollywood movies for educational purposes. As long as they don't, we should be fine. Ever watch Flags of our Fathers? WoW! Talking about Hollywood liberalism at it's best. They totally rewrote the true facts behind the flag raising event at Iwo Jima.
Answered By: libsR4kids - 3/12/2007
In all honesty, it should not come as a surprise that Hollywood would rewrite history to fit their program. Seriously, it's not much different with the authors of today's history books. They don't intend to write accurate objective history. In such books, their program is stated. For example, the book called "The... More
Answered By: τωμάς - 3/12/2007
So what? So did Shakespeare. It's up to you to show them the difference between history and entertainment - aided by children not being as dumb as you think.
Answered By: Xamanator - 3/12/2007
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