based on a true story

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One of the beauties of the internet is the accessibility of knowledge. No longer do we have to travel to a museum or borrow books from a library to learn as we have more resources in the immediate palm of our hand or back pocket (if you all constantly carry your phones like I do). Emilie Graslie uses a term called the “Wikipedia rabbit hole” which clearly demonstrates the wide array of information we can so easily access, in which exploration of online information is much fuelled by our curiosity.

Most often I find myself going down this said rabbit hole after I go to the movies. One of the most extravagant Wikipedia sprees I ever went on was after I saw Last Cab to Darwin, which follows the story of a man with a terminal illness travelling half-way across Australia to pursue euthanasia. I googled the movie in order to investigate the history, law and politics behind this controversial issue.  However, spiralling further, I begun reading about lethal injections in the context of capital punishment, learning about other methods and what countries they are used in. This rather morbid and confronting subject is something I wouldn’t usually look up, however, my Wikipedia rabbit hole triggered my curiosity and left me on a mission to answer questions I never thought to ask about such an extreme, but real reality that people face in this world.

Another time I find myself frantically searching google after seeing a film is in order to fact check. Have you ever seen a movie based on a true story with such a complex and intense story line that you struggle to believe it really happened? I, Tonya, a movie based on the life story of American figure skater Tonya Harding, including the development and destruction of her Olympic career, contained such extreme story lines I watched the film in denial. A quick Wikipedia search set me straight as I leant that she was in fact banned from competitive figure skating when her abusive husband hired an assailant to injure a friend and fellow competitor of Harding, which caused her to take up boxing instead.

This blog and all of the other social media attached is my very own true story. I can guarantee it won’t be as insane as Tonya Harding’s life. But through my own curiosity and development of research skills, what I’m hoping to bring is an insight not only into my life, but also many other university students’.

One thought on “based on a true story

  1. I’m just on a quick break and I’m so glad to pop in and find a new BCM212 blog. This one speaks to me specifically as I follow Helen Prejean on Twitter, and from her timeline I learn a huge amount about drugs used in executions in the US. There’s been a specific issue in two states this year where the drugs themselves had gone past their use-by dates and the states were rushing executions to try to deal with this.

    See, this is how I end up remembering things: imprecisely. I remember the gist of something, but not the details (which states? which drugs?) I wonder if I have got worse at remembering because I know I can always check?

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