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Alamo Stuff and Personal Reflection

Here is an objective discussion about the tricky line between fact and fiction regarding the history of the Alamo as it is represented across different recreations in film.  The most recent “Alamo” movie (2004) is discussed as being the most “accurate” or “reliable” of the films preceding it in several different aspects of the history.  These include the controversial representation of Davy Crockett’s death and Sam Houston’s alcoholism being present in the film.  It also includes a few mentions of critics to these movies, including the 2004 version.  I have not seen most of these, but I trust that there is A LOT that critics have to say about the authenticity of the films.  I also trust that if achieving true authenticity in cinema representations of history is the goal for the majority, then we have a few more adaptations of “The Alamo” to make before we can reach that goal, if it is possible to reach that goal.


Also, just some final thoughts for this last blog: The “Paintbrush” reading has shed some more light on the relationship between history and progression being so “firmly intertwined” that I have realized a personal value from it.  It seems as though most of the time that people will look back on the past and say, “yeah that was terrible how that was then, but we are not like that anymore.  We’re an improved society that is completely exceptional of those old dynamics.  We are more this and less that,” and whatever else makes it sound like people are closer to being a more “perfect” society.  Forgetting that any given society is not perfect and failing to notice that people ARE affected by history brings about a festering of issues that are not confronted and are instead treated as confusing things that are difficult to understand thus are feared.  It does not seem people fail to notice these things on purpose, they are just shrouded by the misrepresentations and/or withholdings of historical facts.  So maybe progression could be better used as a way of working toward honesty and preserving the truth of our history as it is happening now as to better prevent negative results of socialization that is so heavily influenced by the way history is depicted and represented.  In the “Paintbrush” reading, the author mentions pieces of their childhood that they did not realize had directly affected their perceptions on other races in later years: “I began to understand and to resent how deeply my socialization had affected my unconscious” (13).  This testimony speaks to me personally in a way that causes me to look at myself and how my unconscious has been so deeply affected by the socialization happening around me.  Perhaps it is difficult to shake such deeply instilled perceptions, but I would like to think that it would be less difficult to begin at the way socialization occurs as a means for such awareness.

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