Digital Noise Ep 177: End of 2017 Cleaning House

Digital Noise

John and Chris take on a massive pile of Blu-Ray and DVD titles to clean out through December’s releases and get ready for even more goodness in 2018.







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  1. Concerning Architects of Denial, that is a topic very personal to me because of my own Armenian background. I grew up hearing stories about what the Turks did to the families of my great-grandfather Hovannes Zaratzian and his wife, along with forcibly conscripting him into their armies which led to him escaping to France before making it to America. I also worked with two Armenian missionaries who had their own family histories to share. I don’t harbor any personal grudges with Turkish people because no one alive today was directly responsible for killing my relatives (I had several Turkish friends in my church while I was in England too who were really cool), but the refusal of Turkey to acknowledge the crimes of the past is frustrating.

    And yes, a lot the conflict stemmed from Armenia being among the Christian minority in that region (and the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as its national religion), but it was not only religious tensions. Armenia had been conquered or attacked by other non-Muslim nations like Mongolia and Russia. However, the Ottomans had a significant role in oppressing Armenia like splitting up the country, imposing restrictions like the dhimmi system which labeled them second class citizens and legally allowing Ottoman courts to throw out testimonies by Christians if it was against a Muslim. The Young Turk movement only made things worse because they were outwardly xenophobic and justified the massacres as a means of securing their territories following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

    The Wikipedia page on the Armenian Genocide contains A LOT of information about these tensions and while Armenia wasn’t the only group to suffer during this time (Greece and Assyria also suffered genocides), it affected Armenians the most because the Turks essentially exterminated three fourths of the entire Armenian population in the region and nearly annihilated their three millennia cultural impact. The only reason any historic Armenians survived at the time was because a section of the country eventually became part of the Soviet Union (which is why you will see a lot of native Armenians who also speak Russian).

    Sorry, it’s a passionate topic for me. You can see why Armenians can come across as hyperbolic trying to discuss it because 1) people have ignored pleas by the Armenians for years before and after the Genocide (even when the New York Times and Allied nations tried condemning Turkey for their actions during the genocide, nothing actually happened) and 2) it is a genocide on a scale comparable to the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide because of the impact it had on Armenian culture for the last century, let alone all the stuff that happened before. So yeah, you can see why it’s hard to offer solutions when no one listens.

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