RPTM Podcast Episode Thirty-Four: Comic Books, Oregon Trail, Post Office, and the Telegraph
Pseudohistory Claims there's a CONSPIRACY to suppress their ideas. These include Ancient aliens, ethnocentric revisionism, and historical revisionism. This podcast provides students with critical tools to identify and debunk these attractive and pervasive modern myths. Popular media, especially television, is filled with wild claims of secret origins, hidden discoveries, and forgotten ancestors. From ancient aliens to destroyed civilizations, we are used to being told we have been either lied to by governments or scientists willfully blind themselves to the "truth." Why do history and archeology so easily inspire endless theories about aliens, lost civilizations, dark conspiracies, apocalyptic predictions, and mysterious technologies? How do we tell the truth from the bunk?
Misinformation has found a new natural habitat in the digital age. Thousands of forums, blogs, and alternative news sources amplify fake news and inaccurate information to such a degree that it impacts our collective intelligence. Researchers and policymakers are troubled by misinformation because it is presumed to energize or even carry false narratives that can motivate poor decision-making and dangerous behaviors. Yet, while a growing body of research has focused on how viral misinformation spreads, little work has examined how false narratives are constructed. In this podcast, we move beyond contagion-inspired approaches to explore how people build a false narrative. The history is based primarily on reinterpretations of conventional and scholarly sources and then provides an alternate account of unfolding events. I conclude that the link between misinformation, traditional knowledge, and false narratives is more complex than is often presumed.
2:52 Nakahama Manjirō
8:42 White House Riot
13:45 The First Comic Book
17:14 The Oregon Trail
25:41 Lysander Spooner
31:06 What Hath God Wrought?
The Most Violent Demonstration Ever to Occur at the White House
Read The Very First Comic Book: The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck (1837)
Samuel Morse (1791-1872)
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