Yesterday I linked some Beatles-videos
and mentioned the student revolution in Paris 1968.
Today I have just a little more of the same, because I delved a little
2. More of The Beatles
3. Why the above?
As it happens, so far I found no good video footage on Youtube
about Paris in May 1968. It may be there, but what I found was either
in black and white with French comments of little interest; a
babyboomer who is a pomo professor on something US called DemocracyNow
defining and explaining it mostly the then hegemonic pomo way; and a
professor at Yale on the subject who seems to think his talking head
is most educational.
I'll keep looking, but there may not be anything much on May 68 in
France in English that I find worth linking to, but I did find
something else that was reasonably well done:
This is an American series made in 1998 to commemorate and explain
the events of 1968 that made 1968 a rather special year: Murder of dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.; murder of Bobbie Kennedy; student revolts and
general strike in France, and student protests elsewhere; protests
against the Vietnam War, and rather a lot more (pop music, hippies,
drugs, cold war, repression of the velvet revolution in Chechoslovakia
by the Soviet Union, sexual revolution...).
The above link is the first of 6, together almost an hour of video.
Incidentally, I can recall specials in the paper I read on the
subject of May 1968 and of 1968 of 1988, 1998 and 2008, and indeed
commented on the last in Nederlog in Dutch:
This is a link to 15 items where I treat related subjects, all in
Dutch - on which, like very often, I have my own perspective, unlike
that of my generation and others, for reasons persons who do not read
Dutch probably find best explained here
2. More of The Beatles
I also delved further in videoos about the Beatles, and note that,
somewhat interestingly, the history of The Beatles seems to have been
put on line in a much better, complete and indeed researched way than
1968, and indeed it is interesting.
This is a link to the beginning of a longer series that outlines
the rise of the Beatles from the beginning, with much footage, and
interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr from
the nineties, it seems.
Anyway... for those who like to delve a little deeper.
3. Why the above?
To answer the question immediately: Because I liked it; and because
both subjects are in various ways interesting - historically,
socially, psychologically - also apart from whether you like The
Beatles or Revolutions.
Of course, for me an important part of the reason is that I
can recall 1968 quite well, and that I haven't heard music of the
Beatles for a long time (having also no TV since 1970), while I do
recall every song I heard, and recalling such things has additional
charms or perspectives others who did not live through it cannot have.
As The Beatles have it:
There are places I remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
Finally, there is the reason my title of today gives: It must be
possible, and indeed has been done e.g. by the BBC, to teach history
of the 20th Century in terms of filmic pictures, this being the first
century with radio, films, and TV about ongoing events, these days
also from what is on the internet.
Of course, this is known from films and TV under the title
"documentary", which is what I mean, more or less, except that (1)
more is possible with the internet, and (2) it is also interesting
what is and is not present on the net, and (3) how what is present is
composed as propaganda or as point of view, since clearly much of what
one sees as 'report' is in fact a selective and slanted art-product,
also if it is the daily news.
But these are just some more theoretical considerations, and you
can also look at the material in the links simply because it looks
interesting or fun.
I linked it because I liked it, and mentioned it because 'history
by video' via the internet seems sometimes possible, though so far the
subjects with the most available materials are likely stars of some
kind - The Beatles, Monty Python, Led Zeppelin, pop musicians - about
whom there is a lot of footage because they are or were famous.
P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
And maybe I should say that so far this year I have kept up with
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