Last month I learned that there was something of a ruckus down in Georgia. Apparently representatives of that state’s division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans were unhappy that the History Channel had decided not to air a series of short videos that set forth the Georgia SCV’s understanding of the Civil War. They expressed that unhappiness in several places, including here and here. In the words of one Georgia SCV blogger, “How do we turn this to our advantage? We spread these videos far and wide. We post embedded links everywhere we can. We send the links to our friends and family. Along with each link to these videos, we ask the question, ‘What is so dangerous about these videos? Why did the History Channel pull them from their schedule? Watch them and make your own decision.'”
Little did this blogger know how others would heed his wishes. Before long, portions of the video series aired on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Parts of the series have appeared elsewhere. They have not gotten quite the reception their originators may have desired.
Be careful what you wish for.