What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History?

What Do Rocky and Bullwinkle Have to Do With History? 1

Courtesy Steve F. Anderson

The past is routinely being remixed and rescripted, says Steve Anderson, in Technologies of History. The assassination of John F. Kennedy, for example, is reimagined (counterclockwise, from top left) in the TV show Quantum Leap, in the movie JFK, in a documentary, and in a video game.

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Courtesy Steve F. Anderson

The past is routinely being remixed and rescripted, says Steve Anderson, in Technologies of History. The assassination of John F. Kennedy, for example, is reimagined (counterclockwise, from top left) in the TV show Quantum Leap, in the movie JFK, in a documentary, and in a video game.

John F. Kennedy did not die by an assassin's bullet only on November 22, 1963, in Dallas.

He died again, and continues to die, in movies like Oliver Stone's JFK (1991), the television show Quantum Leap's 1992 episode, "Lee Harvey Oswald," and many video and online games that allow players to dicker with historical events—conspiracy theory-inspired games like JFK Reloaded (2004).

Steve F. Anderson's striking contention is that theorists of