Some Things Are Best Unseen

Yesterday, I was browsing Boing Boing as always (I can’t stress enough how much I recommend that blog). Anyhow, they posted an item regarding a stabilization technique that was applied frame by frame to the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film (the famous Bigfoot “evidence”). It gives a cleaner look of the footage. In the post they also had a link to a stabilized version of the Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination.

So. What did I do? I clicked on the link for the Zapruder film. I don’t suggest this. At all. The film is totally brutal. It gave me a knot in my stomach for the rest of the day. The film is fascinating, in a grim sort of way. Still, I’m not sure I needed to see this in that much detail (I’m being intentionally vague here, so as not to make anyone else sick).

After watching the film, though, my interest was piqued. I looked up Zapruder on Wikipedia. This led me to JFK. Which led me to Lee Harvey Oswald. Which led me to Jack Ruby. Then I looked up RFK. Which led me to Sirhan Sirhan. It was an interesting, haunting hour, to say the least.

My point here is that we live in amazing times where information is so close and so easily accessed. Sure, wikipedia isn’t perfect. Still, if you want a decent overview on a topic, bearing in mind there may be flaws, Wikipedia is a wonder.

Still, I wonder if I wouldn’t have been better off not clicking the link in the first place.

4 thoughts on “Some Things Are Best Unseen

  1. The internet is a terrible distraction and time waster but also a brilliant resource (if you are discerning).

    I have been trying to read through the blogs in my reader since I got back but I read something like this post and it sends me away to Boing Boing and beyond – and then that’s the evening gone. But I will have learned such a lot on the way 🙂

  2. Well you’ve definitely piqued my interest, but I follwed your advice and didn’t click! I’m far too squeamish for that sort of thing. :S

  3. For surfing the Net you need a lot of discipline. Otherwise you’ll get lost in everything and nothing. You’re right about information being so close and so easily accesible but so is disinformation.

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