February 6, 2011


me: More 'history by video' (1968 + Beatles)


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 into it.


1. 1968
2. More of The Beatles
3. Why the above?

1. 1968

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 Recent Changes: Summaries of relevant changes on the site.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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