Friday, May 29, 2015

Captain Planet - Mangled Ecology

I'm going to try something different today, I am not going to talk about World War 2, and I am going to talk about what I find to be the major problems in the public perception of environmentalism, ecology and sustainability.

"The power is yours!" - Environmentalism in entertainment

I think, given the pop culture focus of this blog it would be fitting to start off this trip by talking about one of the internet's favorite whipping boys: Captain Planet & the Planeteers!

Captain Planet & the Planeteers gets a bad rep, it is very much a product of it's time and has a lot of things going for it, but make no mistake, it is awful. In a lot of ways it examplifies everything wrong, not only with the way popular culture treats environmentalism, but also with day-to-day environmental discourse.

Oh Internet Outrage, How Do I Loath Thee - On Internet Troubles and Real World Suffering

Oh internet, internet, thy outrages about race and sex, about opression and repression, how do I love thee... okay enough with that pseudo Shakespeare shit, let's just get this over with before the pitch forks come out.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Why We Should Shut Up and Be Glad That Firefly Got Cancelled

They aim to misbehave

Originally, I was going to write this article about a week or two ago but then the whole Joss Whedon twitter fiasco happened and I didn't want to seem like I was harping on the guy when he was down. So, onto the topic of today's article then: Firefly. 

For those of you who haven't been around nerddom recently - first of all: well done - Firefly was a 2002/2003 scifi show with western elements, or more commonly called a space western. Kinda like Cowboy Bebop but not as good. Still, it had interesting, fun characters and a cool world to explore and to this day it remains my favorite Joss Whedon show. Now the show has been cancelled for twelve or so years, a movie was made a few years after the fact, that didn't make back it's money but at least gave the fans a satisfying conclusion to the story. Or rather what little story was told in 14 episodes. 

Characters and stuff

Now, even twelve years later, fans still want a continuation of the show, there was talks about crowd funding, and recently we got an official comic book continuation written by the Whedon clan. Okay, all fine and good. But I don't read those. And that's because I think that maybe it was a good thing that Firefly was cancelled.