Often, too often really, I run into someone who thinks that they understand something, an issue, subject, era in history merely by virtue of reading a book or seeing a movie. And by book I don’t mean a history written by a responsible historian with appropriate citations of source material, no I mean fiction.
I have watched a movie and become fascinated by some aspect of the movie, after I try to find out more about whatever it was that sparked my curiosity. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be true of many people. I can not tell you how often I have listened in confusion to someone outraged over some issue or another, trying to figure out what the heck they are referring to only to discover during the conversation that it was something they saw in a movie or read in a book.
Nonsense abounds in movies, like the junk about Che Guevara in “Motorcycle Diaries”, dude was not a revolutionary liberating the masses, he was a brutal executioner working for Castro to subjugate the Cuban masses. Fashion is even worse, everytime I see a t-shirt with Che on it I want to scream and then educate the idiot wearing the shirt as quickly as I can. I say “idiot” because most of the people wearing the shirt would have been quickly put to death by Che. It’s akin to wearing the image of the Granddragon of the KKK, or Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler or Amin.