Ken Burns is the poster child for Hampshire College where I went to school for a year and a half but couldn’t afford to finish. (precursor of today’s kids school funding problem)
he went there 20 years before me but the culture there doesn’t change as much as one might think, for a school that is often considered at the forefront of progressivism.
I stopped watching documentaries of any kind a dozen or more years ago.
I never watched too many to begin with and I’ll tell you why:
Hampshire College has an excellent film program which includes how to construct documentaries.
I didn’t take any classes but I had friends who did.
documentaries are constructed very deliberately.
it doesn’t matter if it’s Ken Burns or a YouTube conspiracy piece : The goal is to lead you to a conclusion.
there’s many methods to getting there.
Ken Burns is a master of the documentary. I am too antsy to sit through 13 hours on baseball or anything but what I’ve seen from him through the years he’s earned his title.
I don’t watch documentaries because I know that I’ll be convinced of what they want me to be at the end.
even if it’s something I already agree with, I don’t need that kind of reinforcement.
that’s why I read instead of watching these things.
ill read a transcript but the use of music, logical-emotional rhetoric, editing of time, order of presentation, these all play into guiding your thinking – and just like it’s difficult to get out of a roller coaster once you’re strapped in, it’s hard to keep your thinking your own during a documentary.
if you argue against the points in the documentary, there’s a very good chance that you are supposed to.
and if you don’t mind this kind of ride, that’s great.
i’m not saying that evil but I know that I don’t have the mental fortitude.