So many of our hit films show dystopias. This shows how we’ve changed.

Summary: America's "can do" optimists have been replaced by a people who love visions of dystopias, and is governed by fears. Look at our hit films, mirrors of our true selves, to see this change. It explains why the reform of America has stalled, and what to watch to see when its time has come. … Continue reading So many of our hit films show dystopias. This shows how we’ve changed.

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Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

Superheroes

Summary: This brilliant essay by James Bowman describes two themes often discussed here. First, the lack of heroes in our films and minds. Second, our fear and apathy. He uses movies as a mirror to see how our view of heroes has changed -- making us weaker. "The worst {result} of the plague of superheroes … Continue reading Hollywood’s Hero Deficit – both a cause and symptom of our weakness

We like superheroes because we’re weak. Let’s use other myths to become strong.

Superheroes

Summary: Superhero films dominate theater box offices. They also show our greatest weakness. We are a powerful citizenry broken into powerless individuals who see collective action as futile, or even corrupting. We have a second set of myths that show the path to a better future for America. Let's take this first step to recovering our … Continue reading We like superheroes because we’re weak. Let’s use other myths to become strong.