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Parcbench: Matt Damon Rewrites History

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Posted on December 14 2009 12:20 am

Hate history class?

If so, then you must have had to put up with one of those pesky history teachers that insisted on footnotes and citations. And your teacher must have forced you to study the humankind-hating words of dead, white males that are responsible for everything bad in this world.

Now there is no more need for any of that. Matt Damon starred in a movie called “Good Will Hunting” in which he yelled “You wanna read a real history book, read Howard Zinn’s ‘People’s History of the United States.’ That book will f**kin’ knock you on your ass.” He got good reviews, so now apparently Matt is on a mission to spread the word.

Historiography has always prided itself for being a study of truth and data. Theory was always more highly regarded by social scientists and other soft academic departments. But history students – your worries of having to do research are over. No need to go through a tedious reading list to find out about history. Nowadays you simply have to wait for a Hollywood celebrity to tell you what to think, whether in a film or on a TV program such as “The People Speak.”

Read more from Parcbench here.

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