I don't know what's wrong with Americans, but I've actually met people from the former Soviet Union who are less paranoid of our government.
There's no basis for it, it's patently absurd, people in this country are so free...and yet they are more convinced that the government is going to get them than people who actually grew up under Soviet rule?
American paranoia is easy to understand. For in 1776 they had a successful bourgeois war against lawful authority. In psychlogical terms, they committed national patricide.
Naturally they feel guilty for having symbolically killed their father, the King, and fear retribution.
But most of all they fear a successful revolution will be made against the bourgeoise by the people, just as they made a successful revolution against their symbolic father, the King.
And so they will remain forever fearful, paranoid, and armed to the teeth, afraid of their father, and afraid of their brothers.
:c proof that cracked.com's theory that batman can't exist because hes too dangerous for society is true.
Because the society we live in produces people who identify more readily wirh chaotic and psychologically deranged villains than crimefighters whose goals are near perfect physical and mental self-mastery. why? Because the fear of freedom and the fail of failure have become normative.
Instead the post-modern trendy theorists prefer to trash heroes as part of the problem instead of being a contribution to a solution. curse the darkness, dont strike a light.
Waits for the inevitable series of discussions on whether or not Batman is bad for society because he influences and encourages vigilantism.
OH WONT SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
But yeah that's tragic, im actually annoyed and upset, I love the idea of midnight showings and this will probably stick in my mind now, maybe it wont stop me, but it will make me think of those who got killed. Perhaps not a bad thing though.
Oh yeah dont forget the also inevitable discussion on gun laws.....
The whole 'think of the children' lampoon, I've begun to think its not valid or even that funny, the reality is that unlike the supposed mindset that pop libertarian line seeks to satirise people are very seldom thinking of the children and, infact, a lot of adults increasingly resemble children anyway. I actually think its what makes things like these spree killings or the choices of context in which spree killers go on the rampage possible.
Apologies if this has been covered, but I just got back from a baseball game, and I'm not reading all these posts...
I'm not immune to the rules of logic, so, obviously, what you say is true, but, it still doesn't make your point not moot.
Fine, a gun is more dangerous than a knife, but thinking that "eliminating" guns from society will fix things is plain false.
Well, the simple idea of "eliminating" guns from society is neither going to happen nor something I'm certain I favor (though it is worth noting that the construction of a functional bomb can be very difficult and sales of bomb ingredients in semi-large quantities are monitored by the government. At the very least, I think a successful IED attack requires a semi-intelligent planner, less so a mass shooting).
Regardless, my point was less a larger social commentary and more a rebuttal for a more specific statement.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Joker was an inspiration for this.. crazy attracts crazy. This is terrible.
That I agree with and it is a big part of what I thought about the last film and heath ledgers performance was that the Joker was centre piece, even the ultimate scenes which were meant to , I felt, reduce his stature to a neurotic or rather borderline case failed. Although there's something wrong with the society that sees that as inspirational