|From NPR: "Artists say they took jobs painting graffiti on the set of Homeland|
to leave subversive messages. They say this one reads, 'Homeland is racist.'"
ITEM ONE: This past week it was disclosed that activists "hacked" the show Homeland by inserting Arabic graffiti saying "Homeland is racist" on one of the show's sets, so that the message was seen by millions of viewers. (See "The latest twist in Homeland’s racist plot: the realistic graffiti episode" in The Guardian.)
The official response from the show? "As Homeland always strives to be subversive in its own right and a stimulus for conversation, we can’t help but admire this act of artistic sabotage." Hmmm . . ..
ITEM TWO: By some miraculous coincidence, today's New York Times "Style" section features a long interview with the star of Homeland, Claire Danes, together with (!) the actual Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. (See "‘Homeland’ Times Two: Claire Danes and Jeh Johnson")
("JJ: It's through movies and TV that social issues become norms. . . . Bu more people havelearned about targeted lethal killing from Claire than me." More on this later . . . . )
What are we supposed to think about this?
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There couldn't be a better illustration of the way our pervasive entertainment culture dominates our apprehension of the reality of our times.
Many of us who consider ourselves activists for peace and justice frequently criticize mainstream media, particularly mainstream news reporting. But I think that misses the point. Most people are floating on far more escapist clouds of entertainment.
What would it take to connect our entertainment culture back to reality? (Just a little?)
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What would it look like if large numbers of people used their knowledge of the world, and of ethics, and their critical faculties, to think about and discuss and write about the questions raised by shows like Homeland?
(See War Resistance: Is "The Hunger Games" Laying the Foundation That We Want? )
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 )
(See A Force for Peace: Getting to Know Iran Through Film)