Going along with our discussion this week about television, I feel that I have learned as much about history from watching television as I have from learning about history in school. I usually prefer to watch television to learn about history instead of reading a book due to the fact that history makes more sense to me if I can visualize what has happened. Watching television is an easy and creative way for me to do that. I think that television can also be viewed as a time machine because it allows you to feel like you are reliving the past. Watching the History channel is not the only way I learn about history on TV. I enjoy watching movies where fictional characters are present at “real” historical events. In the movie Forrest Gump, for example, Forrest was present at historical events such as the desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Watergate scandal. Although the events in the movie might not have been historically accurate, the movie allows its audience to see what main events in history were going on through the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s through the eyes of an ordinary person.