|The Hunger Games|
Millions of people are into these books, and the possibly even more are into the movies.
I'm only a few chapters in, but already it seems to me that The Hunger Games provides a foundation to an entire generation to think about the deep structures that perpetuate war, and to resist the attempts of the older generation to drag them into it.
I recently wrote that "the means available to us today for eliminating war vary greatly from those available from those working to eliminate war in decades past." One of those means is popular literature and film!
So here's my question to all my readers: what do you think? What makes The Hunger Games the antiwar literature for our time? (Or do you have a different opinion?)
Comments please ! ! !
Eventually, in large part due to Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, the United States was converted from a country in which a small number of people thought slavery needed to be ended into a country determined to act to end slavery. This literary work took the movement wide, and it took it deep.
Why is a novel an important tool for creative resistance?
(See Creative Resistance 101: Uncle Tom's Cabin )
Re-reading George Orwell's 1984 recently made me see at least 15 ways 2013 is like the world he describes in the book . . . .
(See 2013 = 1984 ? )
What are the 2 or 3 -- or 5, or 10 -- biggest lessons about "collaborating in peaceful mode" that we might be able to witness if we were to seek the answers in Minecraft worlds?
(See Go dig up the solution to world peace in a video game environment )
Leveling Up is the creative work that demonstrates just how thoroughly America's new ways of warfare have become intertwined with the other dominant strands in our culture.
(See Level Up, Step Up, Grow Up, Man Up . . . Wake Up)
A big Hollywood production of Ender's Game is scheduled for release on November 1. It's a perfect opportunity for us to ask: Are we happy seeing our schools turned into "Battle Schools"?
(See "Ender's Game" and the Militarization of Youth: Can We Talk About This? )
I've suggested that it's time for a serious debate on drones, and that a good place to start is with Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics." Here are 10 questions that come straight out of the writings of Asimov and that can help spur the debate.
(See 10 Questions to Spur the Drone Debate )