Sometimes the written word isn’t enough. Sometimes pictures simply will not do justice. We’ve all heard stories told about WW2 and most of us we’re forced to read about this global battle in school. The truth is, no one really understands what it was like unless they were there. Both of my wife’s grandfathers fought in the epic battle, and I’ve heard second hand stories through the years of the risks they took for our country. However, I never really grasped the impact of what they did, until this past summer. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing about one of the most life changing media events that ever happened to me.
Television – The World’s Number One Influence
I’ll be the first to admit that most TV shows don’t really provide positive value. Media in general, and especially television shows are laden with the strong bias of the producer and writers. This is especially true when thinking about live news or night time sitcoms. The public sees and hears what the producer wants them too. Little by little their perception of truth changes based upon what they see and hear. Think about the difference of FOX NEWS and MSNBC. While I’m guilty of watching too much TV sometimes, I will tell you that I’m careful what I watch. The number one reason is because I understand that media is VERY INFLUENTIAL and is BIASED based upon the producer.
On August 29th, I came home from my office pretty late. It was pushing 11:00 pm and my family was all tucked away in bed. I’d just finished up a marketing webinar for some guys I coach and wasn’t the least bit sleepy. I opened up Netflix and decided I wanted to watch something that would really engage my mind. As I scrolled through the documentaries, I found The War by Ken Burns.
Honestly, until recently I didn’t know too much about WW2. I’ve had some good talks with my father-in-law and obviously I knew Hitler was a menace to the world, but I’d be labeled as a novice if you were to quiz me. Soon that would change, as over the next two months, I found myself sitting into the wee hours just to watch and learn more about what happened. As I watched these impeccably produced videos, I often found myself either in tears or burning with anger over what the Japanese and Germans were doing.