I saw this over on Whateverworks and just had to share it. It’s from GraphJam who probably can’t provide a huge statistical support for the graph (it’s a joke see…) but there is more than a touch of truth embedded here.
Because History, at least on TV or Cable, is very limited in its scope and there is an awful lot of Tudors, Nazi’s, speculative aliens and the ancients’ guff all mixed up with exorcisms and ghost stories for the credulous. I’m only surprised the Loch Ness Monster isn’t making it to National Geographic more often. More than likely it will be filmed as a dreadful biological experiment loosed on the British by Alien inspired Nazi scientists in a completion of their recently discovered quatrains from Nostradamus.
History is sometimes called the new Rock and Roll. Maybe in the book shops, but on TV it’s a limited field. I mean where is the history in guys driving trucks on ice?
Yes there is Starkey and Schama, but are they better than Lord Clark of Civilisation or Jacob Bronowski’s Ascent of Man? I don’t think so. Too much stuff isn’t even up to Schama’s diluted dumbed down and sold-out-for-TV pap. Cable TV is not the hoped for cornucopia of diversity and specialist delights, too often it is a trite media with too little vision, too focused on the bottom line, too bland, too bloody uninterested, too stupid unquestioning and passionless.
Copyright David Macadam 2012