January 24

Ep. 0049: Historical Lies By Omission

Telling untrue facts often doesn’t work effectively as a propaganda technique, because it’s relatively easy for people to fact-check you (especially in these crazy times of smartphones & Google.)  However, strategically omitting inconvenient facts from your narrative can be much harder to detect, especially if the recipient has no idea what facts were left out — you can’t easily look for those ‘unknown unknowns.’

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • What he means by ‘historical lies by omission,’ and how these are frequently the most effective ways to manipulate history for one’s own ends
  • How ignoring the histories of marginalized groups was for a long time an example of this, but is less of one today (at least among academic historians)
  • Some examples of historical lies by omission still commonly present in popularly believed historical narratives, including the supposed necessity of the ‘Civil War’ to end slavery in America, the sinking of the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the atomic bombing of Japan, and more recent instances of blowback

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Posted January 24, 2015 by profcj in category "American History", "Concepts and Theories", "Podcasts


  1. By WillisHart on

    On the slavery issue I recommend the works of Lochlainn Seabrook. Nobody exposes the myths on this issue better than him.


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