What if there was a hoax and no one noticed it? Like the one in the Oscar nominated film Argo. The torture scene, to be exact. Or in that other Best Picture nominee, Lincoln– the one that irritated some in the state of Connecticut regarding their ‘nay’ vote on the 15th Amendment. Poetic licence in Argo, terrible historical research in Lincoln. Yet sadly, I read an article that stated that many young adults get most of their ‘history’ from films. Sure and why not. After all, who can recall an inspiring history class?
But what about purely fictional films like Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Adam and Eve in Paradise? As fictional films, they can never be accused of altering history or shoddy research. Their poetic license is grand and irrevocable.
Yet there may be a deeper problem. What if the history itself is wrong? Then what?
For example, what if ‘history’ is portrayed from a specious source- a source which many or most of our fellow citizens accept as fact? Take that book referred to as the Bible. How much of our current societal structure has roots in this book? How many people are in churches at this very moment, praying to and singing songs based on material in that book? How many of our current members of Congress believe in that book and, in fact, base their legislative decisions on material from that book?
What if it is all a hoax? What then? How would such a discovery impact us? The world?