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.