After reading the articles and watching both the docudrama Codebreaker (2012) and the historical-fiction film The Imitation Game (2015), write an essay that talks about how the popular Hollywood film gets things “wrong”. How is what it is doing NOT a case of simulacrum, but actually a case of error–of twisting the history too far? How does it go against some of the best practices we’ve studied in class so far?
In discussing this, focus not only on simple factual mistakes, but also on mistakes of tone and emphasis. Questions to think about: What does The Imitation Game make of Turing’s identity as a scholar and as a gay man, and how is this different from Codebreaker? How does the credit given to Turing for computing advances differ between each of the films and the article?
Your essay should be between 900 and 1500 words, and should reference your sources using in-line citations, such as (_Codebreaker_, dir. Clare Beavan, 2012) or, (Hicks, “War Machines,” p. 14), etc. Since you may not be able to format in italics use an underscore at the beginning and end of titles of books or movies that should be italicized. Please leave an extra line of white space (hit “enter” twice) after each paragraph so your text doesn’t run together–the comment system doesn’t respect paragraph indents.
Post your essay as a comment on this post no later than 10pm on Feb 26th (note extended due date).