Star Wars Postmodernism

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

So, there’s nothing like seeing Avatar to make one appreciate the classics of Space Opera. Others have tackled the poverty of this movie quite well, so I’ll leave it to them.  There’s a couple of neat articles I found discussing Star Wars from a different angle, where R2D2 & Chewie are far more important to the linearity of the narrative than most of us would think. And Slate tries consider the six-film narrative from a postmodern perspective.

Honestly, I don’t think the Slate articles works very well, but the “reconsidered” article is pretty interesting. Star Wars, particularly episodes III-VI, has quite a bit of moral ambiguity in its best moments. At stake in the “Han shot first” struggle is not just whether Han Solo was a badass, but whether he and the rest of the heroes are able to make evil- if necessary- choices. Making the story and the characters much less binary produces a far more intelligent, entertaining, and *real* experience. This is part of why the film Avatar is so poor in so many areas, despite being so excellent in its technological and spectacular experience.

One final Star Wars link, some humorous facebook updates.

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Thoughts for today

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

In trying to understand, and teach others about understanding fascism, I am pondering the main points I would want to get across. Certainly the difference between its self-representation and the actual acts involved would be paramount, but also trying to convey the difference between intent and reception would be pretty important as well.

It seems like the exceptional state (versus the rule of law) would be a good way to talk about this, particularly in introducing difficult concepts like potestas and auctoritas to undergrads. Giorgio Agamben suggests that viewing the relationship of the individual and the state is less about “right and left” orthodoxies and more about understanding sovereignty. And in fact, much more useful for understanding our flirtations with fascism today (see Chris Hedges).

I also really like the idea of posing Marinetti against D’Annunzio for the soul of Fascism, in perhaps a clash of the Arditi, to expose the lines of tension. This also would help show that A. James Gregor’s view of Mussolini is fundamentally incorrect, he is not the ideological father of fascism, just a power-hungry con man. His true belief was in revolution for its own sake. The real battle over the future of fascism and Italy was taking place between Marinetti & D’Annunzio in the fall of 1919.

Of course, most people aren’t reading Gregor, but Jonah Goldberg.  Saints perserve us!

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May 15, 2007 1 comment

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