". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Sunday, October 14, 2012

We Laugh At *Downton Abbey*

If any television program has earned being laughed at, it is Downton!

I saw some eps of Downton's third season while over there.  No doubt whatsoever that as season 2 was worse than season 1, so is season 3 even worse than than season 2 for silliness and plot holes, bad acting, bad writing and general bombiastic argy-bargy.

And Shirley Maclaine -- where did she go?????  I, for one, suspect Thomas the EviLe Footman - Valet.

Others also laugh at Downton:

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