While history cable series and infotainment documentaries make up a great deal of entertainment content, Americans don’t really have a good grasp of their own history.
Historical memory is a tricky thing. Slight alterations of facts or context can greatly effect the perspective from which events are understood. The process of nation building requires the construction of national myths, but that also means a rewriting of history to fit contemporary needs.
As the world seems to veer to the political right and is awash in Fake News, Orwell’s dictum about control over history is terrifyingly prophetic. This Olio examines the process of the creation, annihilation, and resurrection of different elements of American history.
Caveat is redefining the boundary between intellect and entertainment. When the thirst for knowledge hits, you don’t have to sit at home watching TED Talks or binge-reading Wikipedia: this is a home for people who love learning, playing, and getting tipsy.