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Origins of this content
I was offered this example of a "productive fake documentary on YouTube" by a friend, student, or colleague who responded when I crowdsourced my FakeTube Project via social networks. I later blogged, spoke, and published on it (and other videos) as promised.
"For over 25 years, filmmaker Ken Burns has been producing films ahat are unafraid of controversy and tragedy ... History made them famous. Ken Burns made them real."[cit]

I have written elsewhere that fake documentaries are "fiction films that make use of (copy, mock, mimic, gimmick) documentary style and therefore acquire its associated content (the moral and social) and associated feelings (belief, trust, authenticity) to create a documentary experience defined by their antithesis, self-conscious distance."[cit]

Video and film have been used throughout their history to witness, and document, atrocities of those in power, as well as "people's history" of utopian political moments.
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More videos related to the content of this page
I discuss this video, and the many other fake docs that were suggested to me through crowdsourcing for my FakeTube project, in my talk "Irony is Ubiquitous"
"The Old Negro Space Program," by lastangelman