Thursday, 19 March 2009


Along with many others this week I nearly choked on my Rice Krispies when I heard on the radio that the cast of science fiction show Battlestar Galactica had been invited to the United Nations to discuss "human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, and reconciliation between civilians and faiths." Yet Blackadder is used by schools up and down the country to illustrate the insanity of the First World War and Homer Simpson as the beer baron is a fun but insightful introduction to Prohibition. Can television shows add to our understanding of politics and history? What do you think?

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