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About those Ancestry dot com commercials

About those Ancestry dot com commercials

In the fall 2017 quarter I kicked off my intro to cultural anthropology course with one of those Ancestry dot com videos. These are all over the place, and many of them carry the same basic theme. They all purport to tell people about their ‘family’ or ‘roots’ or ‘heritage.’ That’s fine, except for some of the troubling, misguided messages they send to the public. The video I showed in class is really short (see above). It’s about a guy {+}