The heart of Spear Street….

Monty Python Live (Mostly) @ Cornerhouse Cinema, Manchester 20/7/2014

On 20th July 1976 the Sex Pistols played their second gig in Manchester….

Red Hippo @ Manchester Jazz Festival, Albert Square 19/7/2014

It’s July - it’s Manchester - it’s raining….

Polish victims of Nazi Germany falsely portrayed as Jews

The other day I decided to comment on a photo showing a group of Polish civilians being executed by the germans in the city of Bydgoszcz in 1939, which was posted on Pinterest by somebody called Stephy Grant.

Stephy is one of many people who have re-pinned the image from someone else’s Pinterest board without bothering to check whether its description (which claims that the men in the photo are Jewish resistance fighters being executed at the end of the “Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1944”) is actually true.

I pointed out that the photo has nothing to do with the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto (which actually took place in 1943) - and in response she deleted both the description and my comment, called me “an arrogant know it all” and also expressed her dissatisfaction with the guy she re-pinned the image from for making the mistake in the first place.

I guess that if your main motive for posting a picture of people being executed on teh interwebs is something like "OMG!!!!! This would look sooooo cool on my Pinterest board", then outdated concepts like truth and accuracy probably don’t mean that much to you….

My original post about this: http://stillunusual.tumblr.com/post/77165029696/historical-revisionism

Stephy Grant’s pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446489750530263206/

Warsaw Uprising monument falsely portrayed by the History Channel as a monument to the Warsaw ghetto uprising

As if to illustrate the point I make in my Historical Revisionism set - ie that because anybody can post anything on the internet, it’s possible for complete falsehoods to become established as “facts” through subsequent re-posting, re-blogging and repetition - some guy pinned the above photo from the History Channel website to one of his Pinterest boards, thinking that the monument in the photo commemorates the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto, because it is being used by the History Channel to illustrate their article about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

It actually commemorates the Warsaw Uprising of 1944….

My original post about this: http://stillunusual.tumblr.com/post/84235809621/warsaw-uprising-monument

"Irena Sendler vs Al Gore" update

I’m aware that a lot of the historical images I post on Flickr are reposted all over the place, because when I look at my Flickr stats I can see that these images are getting views via Pinterest, Tumblr, Facebook etc. Sadly, it’s sometimes the case that they are being re-posted in a way that illustrates the point I make in my Historical Revisionism set - ie that because anybody can post anything on the internet, it’s possible for complete falsehoods to become established as “facts” through subsequent re-posting, re-blogging and repetition.

For example, somebody called Janet Freeman pinned the image of a newspaper story about Irena Sendler’s death that I posted on Flickr to one of her Pinterest boards, but when she did so she replaced my description of the image with her own, which includes the old lie about Sendler “losing” the Nobel Peace Prize to a “slide show” by Al Gore. Janet Freeman’s pin has so far been re-pinned 175 times, and her description is included by default every time.

The image I posted on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stillunusual/8403714206/in/set-72157632456921210

My image pinned by Janet Freeman: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/352195633331312271/

In this case I decided to add a correction, as I occasionally do, but it’s like pissing into the wind really (as brilliantly demonstrated by the subsequent comment from Anne Poole)….