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    Posted: 02 Nov 2010 at 08:26
After watching an interesting episode of the "Secrets of the dead" about Pompeii and Herculanium, I decided to have a look at "sinking Atlantis". In few words, an explanation of how the Minoan civilization declined...Nothing new...Things we knew already in the 80s, presented as NEW DISCOVERIES LOL

Surprisingly, I found out that Linear A has been deciphered!!!!!!! Wacko Guys, we have been sleeping... The guy at 10:22 suggests that Linear A, was recently deciphered and it was a form of early Persian (that was not even close to Iran at the time of the Minoans). Confused

First of all, there is no serious linguistic basis for such a thing (names, grammar or whatever else). None, except some wishful inventors generally accepts that Linear A has been deciphered.  Deciphering means that a suggested formula will reveal readable text in the majority of discovered documents. Once again, people who give translations of the type "The dog, greatly barked, the King fed the turtle..." etc etc have stroked!

The most annoying thing of all is that there's no hesitation of misinforming people here. These bold  statements are made with striking confidence. Among others, we find out other funny facts like the "Sun temple of Knossos" and the Tsunami theory (which is not a recent study).

Well, I don't think I need to say much...Just have a look and witness the "new great discoveries". LOL


Edited by Flipper - 02 Nov 2010 at 08:28
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Hey and they didn't even have Leonard Nimoy's interesting voice as background for these amateurish "pop" histories foisted by PBS as critical study of new research. But hey, PBS has to compete with the "History" channel for an audience...but hey, insurance moguls "covered up" the real reason for the sinking of the Andrea Doria!
The good lord spare us all of these spurious claims made under the guise of "historical study" and new "discoveries"!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dolphin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov 2010 at 06:21
I've noticed a similar thread in a lot of the documentaries on the Discovery type channels. Instead of a thorough examination of the most current theory from its development, the shows are determined to follow some sort of faux-narrative that in order to keep the casual viewer's interest, pretends that the conclusion that has long been drawn is something new and contentious, to the point where a thoroughly outdated and discredited theory will for a while be presented as fact, thus making the next section of the show (introducing a 'new' idea before the ad break) more watchable. So, over the course of the hour, the viewer (if unknowledgeable) will be led down a trail of red-herrings, misinformed about the timeline of new knowledge, and be led to believe that a matter which has long been resolved is a subject of various anachronistic debates that were never posited in the same period. All in the name of television. Obviously a decision has been made which involved a compromise: in order to keep the largely passive and fickle viewer interested, the subject must be manipulated into a TV worthy event. And if the viewer leaves a little more informed than before, then the venture has been worthwhile. I can't complain about it really, but it is annoying especially when the editing and trickery clouds the subject the documentary is attempting to cover.



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Flipper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov 2010 at 18:44
Well, people I see both of your points. I can accept the viewer-friendly content of a documentary. Documentaries are not made for scholars or academics but for common people. I can understand that things can be explained as 1-2-3, in a less strict terminology and simplified presentation. In this case though we have erroneous presentation and non academically accepted material. Even worse, as people point out on the comments of the documentary page, the main contributors of the tsunami theory are not even mentioned and those 3 guys take the credit for the "new discovery" (although I remember already in 1987 the guides of Knossos were mentioning it). That is a serious thing.
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Perhaps it would best be renamed: "The Pseudo-Discovery Channel"?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote opuslola Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 Apr 2011 at 07:34
Maybe you should also include the BBC and PBS, in your outrage?

When people looking for "ratings" do a project, do not expect that it will be correct?

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