Recently I attempted to watch two BBC documentaries, one on the history of mathematics and the other about Captain Cook. I finished neither. It was due to a combination of not delivering real relevant interesting information along with the annoying PC driven agenda.
Let us start with Captain Cook. The documentary’s female hostess starts off by telling us that Captain Cook was not as bad of a guy as most of you in the audience imagine. The unmentioned, but implied subtext, is that old time British explorers/colonialist were automatically evil because reasons.
The documentary drags on examining his wife’s life while he was off exploring the world. Of course her life was difficult, just as most everybody’s life in that era was. Anyway, it droned on and on being reminiscent of Hillary’s “Women suffer the most in war”. Note that Captain Cook was killed by island natives during one of his missions.
The mathematics history documentary labored especially hard to highlight non-white-men mathematicians. As an aside, note this book,
These non-white-men mathematicians mentioned in the documentary made no contribution to the science of math, for if they had, they would be known for doing so (and included in the above book). The math stuff developed by the non-white-men highlighted by the documentary appeared to be irrelevant, even if the results were know to the world at the time. The white men mathematicians that the documentary was mostly ignoring were the ones actually making dramatic advancements in the field,
Products like these make documentary makers look rather silly. There is relevant information to telling a story, and there is irrelevant information. Apparently it is difficult to discern which is which.