by Greg Krehbiel on 4 January 2010
This post says negative reviews of Avatar from conservatives (“it’s pagan!,” or “it crams environmentalism down your throat”) are “forced and artificial.” I agree.
Maybe Avatar will replace Harry Potter as the favorite cultural whipping boy for (a certain class of) conservatives.
Perhaps … I’m just thinking out loud here … perhaps this is part of the over-analyzing trap. (See the discussion of Toby Keith’s religion here..) “This leads to that,” and slippery slopes and “thinking things through” and all the other delusions we heap on our poor overworked brains — as if we really know what leads to what, or how this will affect that.
To some extent we have to recognize the cultural influence of movies and songs and books and whatnot, and to some extent we should be concerned about those influences. But it’s also definitely true that some people need to take a chill pill and quit worrying about things so much.
-- 2010-01-04 » Greg Krehbiel