Some Documentaries May Have Become "lietoyoumentaries"

If you get all your facts from documentaries, you will be sorely lacking in truth. There are so many falsehoods you would think they have nothing to lose but the truth. For instance, do you ever question something you saw in a documentary, then go check the stated facts as given in an old book or encyclopedia? I have.

Someone harassed me tonight, and said I should learn history. I laughed pretty hard, knowing the person did not know anything about me and whether or not I have studied history. For all that person knows, I could be a Professor of History.

However, that is beside the point I am trying to make here. My experience has been that you must take a documentary with a grain of salt. They are not above committing perjury and there is no charge that can be made in a court of law when they 'change history'.

Therefore it behooves you to research a little bit from outside sources before you take a documentary as gospel truth. For instance, have you ever wondered how there could be so many men in an army, where they got the armor, clothes, food, shelter, etc for a 300,000 man army in ancient times?

The fact is, they didn't. The numbers have been misread, misinterpreted, or purposefully misrepresented. The resources for such an army were not available. This is just an example, not any breakdown of a certain documentary. We know that it is hard to keep our armies in full regalia and fulfill their basic needs because we are actually doing it. There are approximately 1,473,900 persons serving in the US military right now, and 1,458,500 in the reserves. This is a figure you can find on the Internet.

We have modern factories, modern transportation, and modern ways of counting these personnel. Therein lies the logical conclusion that a 300,000 man army would be quite difficult to create, much less maintain, in ancient times. 3,000, or 300, maybe, might have been possible, but not 300,000 swords, knives, shields, uniforms, breast plates, helmets, meals, and accommodations, could have been made, transported, or maintained in ancient times. History is an open book, open one today.

To question a stated fact is to think, as most people would agree. To accept without question, is to give your brain over to the people who would have you believe what they say because it benefits their agenda. The example of the number of men in an army is just that, an example. There are many things stated in documentaries as fact. Do a bit of looking before you state it as fact, or believe it unequivocally.




LeisaWolf LeisaWolf
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16 Responses Jan 12, 2010

I like the way you think, your right I've often wondered myself how they maintained vast numbers of people out in the middle of some desert. Another example, Micheal Moore's Bowling for Columbine (I think), he uses an example of coming to Canada and telling how Canadians don't lock their doors when they go out or at night, that is definitely not true. This goes way beyond documentaries though, it's the same for books, the news any form of "facts" or "reality". So many facts and figures are adjusted to sensationalize the story. Documentaries are good though, it makes you think, it makes you wonder, it should make you question though and do a little work to bring up your own facts. It's a good way to learn.

So true. If I watch one astronomy documentary, then I watch another. Often the information is conflicting or even contradictory. If it bugs me enough, off to live science or whatever I would go. <br />
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I can't stand reality documentaries, they are so dumbed down for the sake of drama. Sigh.

i like to watch world on PBS,does any one know about this channel???,,,

no... what is it about?

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. " Bertrand Russell

Very good comment , Danjya. You opened my eyes to another 'truth', that truth is subjective. If we let ourselves 'believe' something, it is our interpretation of it. I agree about the mental trap. Thanks for adding something valuable to this story, another side that totally makes sense, and lets documentaries off the hook a bit. I still think that you can not rely on them to tell the whole truth about a subject, they do have agendas.

Indeed, a documentary is a subjective statement of a production team - including a filmmaker, producer, cameraman, etc. If you get to see that documentary, add to the production team the subjective perspective on the market of the marketing team that made it possible for you to actually see it. That is not to say that documentaries are no valuable. They represent a way to interpret and convey a message about something. If we take that as an absolute truth, we are lying to ourselves big time. Take it from a filmmaker :)<br />
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The issue however is not whether the documentary tells the truth, but OUR obsessiveness with the TRUTH. It reflects our insecurity with living in a state of informational uncertainty and the underlying conditioning we have all been subjected for as long as we have been using - as a species - any form of language.<br />
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There is a saying that goes like this: "the truth shall set you free". This implies and conditions our brain to believe/interpret that we are not free. It also creates an expectation of what the "truth" can do - set you free. This, is a never ending mental trap. The truth, ymho, is irrelevant. When we stop chasing the truth, we set ourselves free from what the "truth" actually is - an interpretation, a point of view, an incomplete set of data.<br />
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That being said, I love watching documentaries - even when I know exactly what degree of informational manipulation they have em<x>bedded within. <br />
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Danjya,<br />

You got it usmcvince, some people just can't see it, though, they believe what they're told and take no grains of salt with it. <br />
*** grano salis:<br />
means "to have intelligence and reasoning capabilities"

I completely agree with easilyme "Posted by easilyme on Feb 13th, 2010 at 6:04PM "......<br />
Like anything, documentaries can be politicly charged with some form of special interest.

I don't take documentaries to heart either. On the whole, I find them very interesting and even, depending on what is being aired, entertaining. Trust no one, believe nothing. :D

There is a recent one out: "Michael Moore Hates America" In this documentary, the maker is brought face to face with the same issues he starts out chastising Michael Moore for. A documentary starts out with a purpose in mind, but it ends up with the makers dealing with what they managed to gather. The end result is not quite what they hoped to create.

Great point. A documentary is like any other form of media. It is manipulated in certain way to express the opinion of the director. You can find an "expert" in any topic to tell you one thing and then find another that will tell you the complete opposite. Documentarians will only show you what they want you to see and hear and they way they want you to see and hear it.

I was just thinking about, "And this concerns me how?" I have been blessed with the ability to read and write... books have meant so much to me in my long lifetime.....For many years I have sponsored a little girl in Africa. She is now a grown up young lady. I still sponsor her, because I want her to be able to continue her education... she can read and write....I feel so privileged that I have been able to gift someone with that precious ability.....This is what I mean by "And this concerns me how?" Truth has many ways that a person can access---I am not sure if "belief" is something one needs to commit to. "Trust" is a necessary attribute---one must be very cautious before "trusting".

The first time I heard, "And this concerns me how?" was from one of my grandkids. I don't know who said it originally. There is great wisdom in that question. Each of us have a place in this world.<br />
Some of us have more influence than others. Perhaps, if each of us apply ourselves to making our part of the world better........then at least "truth" will exist and be obvious within our own experience.

Deductive reasoning is only as good as the deducer and his/her knowledge. learn your history and basic logistics. However, your conclusion is axiomatically correct.

Please refer to my new story "War of Words - The Peaceful Revolution" for more on how we perceive television information and the written word.

so so true, we can believe ?? who can we believe, we are never given all the facts or even any facts and so much is hidden from us<br />
i am sorry but the human race ....i do not want to be impolite ..but really