Reading Film (Fall 2011)

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Tom Schalk’s Analysis on An American Time Capsule

November 21st, 2011 by Tom Schalk · No Comments · Uncategorized

If you had to recite 20 years of American history in two minutes, could you? Naturally, you could not without losing a great amount of context concerning the material. An American Time Capsule doesn’t so much preserve our history as it does show images of it. True, Americans may have an understanding of what is represented in the short film. However, what i a foreigner was to see it? He or she would not understand our American history within two minutes, and they would not learn strictly through a set of pictures. This goes without mentioning the photos of artistic portrayals of historic events. Foreigners looking at this film would believe that George Washington stood up in his boat during his venture down the Hudson River. Did he truly do that? History says no. A film claiming to teach history would fool others that he did.

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