Most stories set forth in western films are what I call ‘Hollywoodized.’
As an example; the Gunfight at the OK Corral between Ike Clanton and his sons and a few of his associates vs Wyatt Earp and his brothers along with Dr. John (Doc) Holiday did not in fact happen at the OK Corral.
In reality, this gunfight occurred in an empty lot in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881.
Certainly an empty lot is not as visually exciting as the exterior of a horse corral so Hollywood “Hollywoodized” it and placed that gunfight where it would be more visually appealing and exciting to movie audiences; hence we have the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
Now let’s look at the exploits of Chief Crazy Horse, Chief of the Oglala Sioux Indians, who lead the charge against Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn (Custers Last Stand as it is called) which took place in Eastern Montana.
Many Hollywood films have depicted this battle in a variety of ways and all of them ended with the same conclusion… Custer and the 7th Calvary troopers who were with him were all killed during this battle, which by all historical accounts, was won by Indian Tribes who together made up an undefeatable force of numbers against Custer and
Movies depicting this battle depict it as taking lots of time as Custer and his men defended themselves in the open, against thousands of Indians, but in reality this battle as told by Two Moons, a chief
of the Cheyenne tribe, said the battle lasted as long as it takes a hungry man to eat his dinner!
The point is, historical stories seem to be written in order to dramatize the events that took place for the silver screen, or to make it more interesting to the reader rather than telling the truth of how, when or why things really happened.
Today it seems to me that the news media is much the same, sending out stories that dramatize events that are taking place in the Middle East and in other parts of the world, rather than reporting the actual facts.
It seems that we must wait months, or maybe even years until the true facts of worldwide or domestic events are revealed and reported. Of course by then, the boat sailed (as they say) and it’s too late to do anything about it.
It makes me wonder what, if anything, I read or any video I see depicting current events are real. What part or parts of these stories are dramatized or even changed in order to make good commercial copy?
The sad truth is, it all comes down to dollars and cents in one way or the other.
It seems that changing history as far back as one can imagine has been the way of things from the beginning of recorded history.
As an example, although it is difficult to determine the first time anyone celebrated December 25th as Christmas day, historians are in general agreement that it was sometime during the 4th century. This is an amazingly late date because Christmas was not observed in Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire, until about 300 years after the death of Christ.
Its origins cannot be traced back to either the teachings or practices of Christianity.
The question is; how will history portray the events taking place in the 21st century?
What news reports or historical accounts will be accepted as fact, and which will be seen as nothing more than another attempt to glorify some things, paint horrifying pictures of others while the fact of the matter is, the true facts of things that happen never seem to be revealed until, as I have said, much later in time.