We watch “The Winter Soldier”, then see similar actions in our news. Can it inspire us to act?

Summary:  Hollywood produces a stream of superhero movies like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", vividly told tales of successful battles against oppression. They entertain us. But events move against us and we need inspiration. We have strength but not the will to use it. We can find it in our history, in our myths, and … Continue reading We watch “The Winter Soldier”, then see similar actions in our news. Can it inspire us to act?

Captain America: the Winter Soldier – high-quality indoctrination for sheep

Summary:  Myths reflect how a people see themselves and their aspirations. Great peoples have great myths. We, early 21st C Americans, see our myths on the big screen, the spectacles of our day. They reveal much about our nature. It's not a pretty picture. For example, see "Captain America: the Winter Soldier". See links to … Continue reading Captain America: the Winter Soldier – high-quality indoctrination for sheep

Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?

Summary:  A people's myths reveal much about them. Today we look at our myths as shown by Hollywood on the big screens. It shows a people with powerful fantasies, but they point to a dead end instead of a viable future. "All fantasy should have a solid base in reality." --- Max Beerbohm's novel Zuleika Dobson (1911) Contents … Continue reading Are our film heroes leading us to the future, or signaling despair?