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Interestingly enough, I had a college English professor who felt it was
important to reveal the artists behind the work (in this case, the
artists were writers). I was really surprised at what controversial
people these authors were, yet in my own schooling their writing was
presented without mention of these important yet conveniently overlooked
personal elements. It's kind of like the glossy image of history that's
been painted on the American psyche, such as with Christopher Columbus'
"discovery" of America. We were never taught about the racist thought
involved, which might make Columbus look a little more like Hitler (a
great book on the ways history has been "glossed" is A People's History
of the United States by Howard Zinn).
If anyone else caught the E! documentary, is this something you would
show your classes?
If you didn't see the Warhol special, I'd be interested in seeing a
discussion considering these questions:
1. How much of the truth is appropriate to include in our public
2. What are your guidelines for censorship?