[ExI] BBC Easter Island documentary

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Fri Feb 14 05:23:33 UTC 2014

On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 8:34 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

The presenter, Jago Cooper, is a well-credentialled archeologist
> presently working for the British Museum as Curator of the Americas in
> the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. He has many
> published papers.
> I think he is explaining the latest research findings, which seem to
> contradict Diamond's 'Just so' story. A native population being
> destroyed by contact with Europeans through disease, slavery and
> invasion has happened many times elsewhere.
> <http://britishmuseum.academia.edu/JagoCooper>
> Cooper is much involved in popularising archaeology through television
> and has done several programs. I wouldn't worry about him appearing a
> lot in the video. Most of the time he is talking and explaining
> something. Attenborough has been appearing in nature documentaries for
> 70 years!
> The long video is no longer available, but there are a few short clips
> here:
> <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03srmm6/clips>

### Propagandizing against Western civilization and white-washing cannibals
is a common pastime among modern academics.

See "Rapa Nui" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110944/ for a more balanced
view of the story. The scene where the natives cut down the last tree on
the island is particularly poignant.

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