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Re: VMs: Re: British Library [re-sent, sorry!]
At 10:08 14/12/2004 +0000, Adam McLean wrote:
Yes there was a good documentary here in the UK a few years
back on Linear B.
"A Very English Genius: How Michael Ventris Cracked Linear B",
Channel 4, 2002.
But then that documentary could come to a neat conclusion as well
as focussing on the personality and personal struggles of Ventris.
While it's true that a VMs documentary ~could~ look at the drives, lives &
personal struggles of Newbold, Feely, Strong, Brumbaugh, Levitov, Stojko,
Rugg etc, the problem is that their solutions/explanations each seem highly
likely to be wrong (though in different ways, and for different reasons).
The general pattern (some might say "anti-pattern") connecting them seems
to be: reading what you want to read, and then post-rationalising that into
the only possible solution.
Arguably, this does suggest a challenge: of building up a close analytical
reading of what we can learn about exactly what the VMs is, from what it
(probably) is not. However, a TV documentary is probably not the right
place for this kind of research. :-o
FWIW, I can weave a good yarn about what the VMs probably is, and that in
itself should make a good documentary (though admittedly one closer to 3
hours than to 1): but as it remains based on an art history proof (and not
a cryptological "smoking gun" proof), I continue to try to make it more
solid. Hopefully one day soon I'll get there... fingers crossed! :-)
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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