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Politics in Fiction

Has anyone noticed how deeply politics infiltrates fiction? I think (maybe?) that Netflix is the worst. It's thick with what people call SJW issues (even though I tend to see the people arguing against SJW as the very same thing, but simply taking up the opposite viewpoint...woe, discordia). You can't tell a simple story these days with drama relevant more to the person than a society. Now, it's like their has to be something saying something about racism, sexism, LGBTQKFZ, or something. I'm not saying that it's wrong to mention these- I was actually relieved in the beginning to see these things mentioned in mainstream media. But now it seems to be replacing actual drama with politics. It's like someone has a check list and at some point people decided that a show must address at least three different social issues in order to pass screening.

To some extent, I realize that media has never been separated far from politics and that like, but back then it was more conservative politics and I guess being born into it made it seem "normal". But at some point we switched to the liberal side and now you see liberal politics all over the place.

At first I was going to say "why don't we go back to stories that weren't about politics" like the Illiad, or Frankenstien. But...then I wondered... Maybe they just seem apolitical because I'm not from that time and don't recognize the politics in the story. Maybe all fiction, as they say, is based on real life, and real life is heavily influenced by politics. Maybe I'm just seeing the contrast between one form of politicizing and another rather than an "increase" in politicizing and fiction.

Ah well... You can vote for perfection, but you'd be a fool to expect it.

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Humans are tribal at our core. If there are no legitimate grievances, some "leader" will invent one, blow it out of proportion, and incite the masses.
Those in Hollywood, while morally vapid. are not fools. They know how to pick a side and ride it for all it's worth. Then, of course, bail when convenient.
Political hacks develop a symbiotic relationship with The Media. They become their own 'feedback loop'.

It's been that way as long as we've had modern media (e.g. Yellow Journalism in 1890's). Woodrow Wilson held a private screening for "Birth of A Nation". Even sang the film's praises. Nothing new today. Just more widespread anger and angst.
 
Hegemony is the cultural and political structure that tries to define a common good that is basically impossible to achieve..sum think
 
escorial;bt11176 said:
Hegemony is the cultural and political structure that tries to define a common good that is basically impossible to achieve..sum think

Hmmm...I could see that. Interesting thought.

It seems like that is the first stage, but there are three (total guess here...).

First, they name and define it.

Second, they seek, search, or act towards it.

Lastly, they are more likely to incorporate it- make it and themselves one and the same. The leader defines, seeks, then ultimately becomes God. The leader/nation defines law and justice, seeks law and justice, then ultimately becomes Law and Justice (kind of like saying whatever I do is Law and Justice). The leader becomes Progress. Peace, or the Pursuit of Peace, so on and such...
 
Winston;bt11175 said:
Humans are tribal at our core. If there are no legitimate grievances, some "leader" will invent one, blow it out of proportion, and incite the masses.
Those in Hollywood, while morally vapid. are not fools. They know how to pick a side and ride it for all it's worth. Then, of course, bail when convenient.
Political hacks develop a symbiotic relationship with The Media. They become their own 'feedback loop'.

It's been that way as long as we've had modern media (e.g. Yellow Journalism in 1890's). Woodrow Wilson held a private screening for "Birth of A Nation". Even sang the film's praises. Nothing new today. Just more widespread anger and angst.

Yeah, I see what you mean. I remember being younger and charging off on my crusade at some thing or another. The O-Zone layer was big at some point a decade or two ago. It was what was causing all the planetary disasters. The cartoon "Captain Planet" was one of my favorite shows. That whole thing disappeared, and now it's Climate Change.

Go figure.
 
Maybe all works are based on moral...propaganda lines that only the reader can decide to what extent they should expose themselves to a higher or lower understanding of the creators objectives...even if it's just sales.
 
Contemporary (to the author) politics and social issues permeate literature throughout history. Music, and theater, too. At least some portion of those mediums are dedicated to politics and social commentary. (Even the nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty.) It's part of how authors connect to their readers and to the times.

These are a time's cause célèbre - the celebrated cause of the moment - that are written into stories and have a tendency to permeate a segment in time. Today it is one thing, not long ago it was something else. This is how it has been for many centuries, actually.

This most current social cause is quite divisive in our western society (a somewhat complex subject, actually, that seems to have been a long time in coming - like the 1960s), and to some degree, battle lines have been drawn. Hollywood, as does marketing and advertising, uses a form of manufacturing consent - that is to make it seem that everyone agrees with a certain take on the subject. Or they may seek to correct what they think is a social injustice by heavily painting a given point of view. Read some of the stories that came out of the time just before, during and after WWII, for example. We could even suggest that it is a form of collective propaganda - all of which is how humans have dealt with such things throughout history.

But never before in history have we had such instant access to opinion and the ability to shame, hate, or vilify certain points of view - all toward the purpose of either progressing an agenda or adding one's voice to a given side of a social debate.

Yes, I've noticed the prevalence of the current cause célèbre - sometimes with a cringe or with disdain. Sometimes with agreement.

All-in-all, what I'm most concerned about is the liberty to state one's frame of mind without being accused of something related or even unrelated, or subjected to a lynching - be it literal or virtual. Dissent is a very important part of the social conversation, as well as critical thinking. I am most upset when those principles are thrown out the window by angry mobs of zealots. Not that there is much we can do about it in the midst of a wildfire. We'll see who is left standing when the smoke clears - the prospects of which worry me at times.

In my view, at any rate.
 
Politics at the moment is very polarizing and divisive; more than usual. Class, race, gender.

It's not a bad move on behalf of amoral businesses to seize the day and have a "Viva Latino!" music playlist, or in other words, find a way to appeal to *some* group in one way or another.

Which is interesting. Because when there's no "Deus Vult Christian Rock" or "Hail Caucasian Classical Music" being offered by *amoral* businesses or services, one must ask why. And the answer, as far as I've been able to discern, is found in the sly manufacturing of negative connotations by politically motivated interests.

If certain groups try to celebrate their own heritage or culture, there's an absolutely hilarious conniption.
 

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