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Star Trek reboots to give us simple stories, the cartoons we like.

Summary:  Films show who we are, our dreams and fears. Today Locke Peterseim compares Star Trek Into Darkness to the original TV show, showing how we’ve changed during the past 5 decades. We want simpler plots, cardboard villains, more emphasis on emotional behavior and beating up bad guys. And above all, ignoring the disturbing deeper questions …

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The Shiny, Sexy Seduction of Star Trek Into Darkness

Summary:  We’ve broadened our focus to include film criticism by Locke Peterseim. Today he reviews Star Trek Into Darkness, a Hollywood blockbuster with as many empty calories as the popcorn and soda master we consume while watching it. He brilliantly describes this example of the Disney-ification of movies into carnival rides, draining them of any …

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How does The Hunger Games compare to other classic stories of children fighting children?

Summary: As we watch “Mockingjay”, the 3rd movie in the Hunger Games series, let’s compare Suzanne Collins’ books to the other classics of children fighting children — Lord of the Flies (William Golding , 1954) and Tunnel in the Sky (Robert Heinlein, 1955). Children fighting for their lives against other children, a gripping story-telling motif …

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Let’s look at ourselves in the mirror created by the conflict with Iran

Summary:  Knowledge is power, including knowledge about ourselves.  One way to gain it is by looking at ourselves, what our leaders say, as others do — foreigners in our world, and the foreigners that will be our descendents.  Here will look at some statements about Iran, and some perspectives provided by fiction.  This is chapter …

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Will the Taliban Give us a Taste of Armageddon?

Summary: Many comparisons have been made between the War on Terror, AKA “The Long War”, and Vietnam. Needless to say, our leaders prefer to think about happy counterinsurgencies, like the Philippines, Malaysia, and… the Philippines. Since fantasy is so much more appealing than reality (and makes for a better powerpoint slide), the Pentagon has learned …

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