Ender’s Game: Playing at Shock and Awe

Summary:  Today we have another guest post by film critic Locke Peterseim, a review of Ender's Game. He shows how it provides a mirror into which we can see ourselves, 21st C America in all its glory. In this case, we see a nation increasingly fascinated by war, especially our massacre of innocents. Ender's Game … Continue reading Ender’s Game: Playing at Shock and Awe

“Ender’s Game” is a horror movie, showing us our dark side. No worries; we’ll forget faster than we eat the popcorn.

Summary:  Reader's have requested revisits to the posts about "Ender's Game". As the poster below shows, it holds a mirror to show us aspects of today's America.  Dark themes, evoking aspects of ourselves we prefer to hide (as popular art so often does).  Our fear, even paranoia. And our willingness to kill as a first … Continue reading “Ender’s Game” is a horror movie, showing us our dark side. No worries; we’ll forget faster than we eat the popcorn.

Conservatives show us their thinking, not well glued to reality

Summary: As the GOP prepares to shut down the government to prevent millions of people getting health care, it becomes vital to understand how they see America. The answer, obvious to anyone paying attention: badly, as through a mirror darkly. Here we look at a few examples, part of a series about this rogue force in … Continue reading Conservatives show us their thinking, not well glued to reality

Orson Scott Card and the Dark Side of “Ender’s Game”

Orson Scott Card has become the latest icon in the culture war.  DC hired Card to write Superman comics. The Left protested Card's right-wing views (especially his anti-gay stance). DC fired Card. Conservatives protest this economic sanction due to non-job-related personal opinions (like Scientific American firing a writer for his Christian views).  See the details … Continue reading Orson Scott Card and the Dark Side of “Ender’s Game”

The little-known dark side of Ender’s Game

Summary: The trailer for "Ender's Game" brings this interesting book to the attention of a wider audience. Rightly so, as it's themes are important to today's America. Dark themes, evoking aspects of ourselves we prefer to hide (as popular art so often does). This is a revised and expanded version of the original post. . … Continue reading The little-known dark side of Ender’s Game