Down the memory hole

Dear Editor:

Thanks to our local Meetinghouse Theatre Lab for its Nov. 17 reading in Winter Harbor of Matthew Dunster’s adaptation of George Orwell’s “1984.” Orwell’s book was a warning, a warning about losing our history “down the memory hole.” Democracy cannot function without informed citizens.

A perfect example of this is the recent 10-part Vietnam War series produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and aired by PBS — watched by millions. In their portrayal, President Kennedy’s attempts at peace were sent down the memory hole in the 10th and final episode, “The Weight of Memory.” Both Kennedy and Khrushchev realized that their militaries were out of control, and had begun making plans for the end of the Cold War. Many of us know what happened then. Again, down the memory hole. So much of our history has always been ignored by misrepresentations.

Richard Cate

Winter Harbor

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