Researching Pop Culture and Militarism - Selene Rivas
Selene Rivas presents for the International Week of Action Against the Militarisation of Youth a series of brief articles exploring how the U.S. citizenry has been normalized to accept a permanent state of militarism through popular culture: Movies, video games and comic books. From Monday, November 20th and continuing through Sunday the 26th of November, 2017, a new segment of this series of short articles will be featured each day. Select from the articles below.
You can find out more about the Week Of Action at War Resisters' International.
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: If we oppose militarism and militarization, what should our relationship with pop culture be?
Selene Rivas - November 26, 2017 Over the course of this series, we have explored several concepts which are building blocks for the social sciences (“normal”, “normalization”), which in turn have helped us understand and define “militarism” and “militarization”. After this, we dove into the transformative potential found within popular culture: how can it affect the people who consume it? ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: Can video games be anti-violence?
Selene Rivas - November 25, 2017 For this installment in the series about Pop Culture and Militarism, we'll discuss video games. Instead of looking at them from the narrow focus of the militarism ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: What exactly is an 'anti-war' film?
Selene Rivas - November 24, 2017 (CW: suicide) “A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: Can Pop Culture Normalize Militarism/Militarization?
Selene Rivas - November 23, 2017 Can seemingly innocuous activities such as playing video games, watching movies, or binging on TV shows affect your ways to see the world or how you behave? Could it ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: What is Militarism? What is Militarization?
Selene Rivas - November 22, 2017 In the previous articles, we talked about how normal is defined differently in both space and time; just as Japan and Argentina might have two different ideas of ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: How do things become normal?
Selene Rivas - November 21, 2017 Last article, we tried to answer the question of “what is normal?” and after a few examples, eventually settled on “normal is what a group of people are used to.” In ...
Researching Pop Culture and Militarism: What is normal?
Selene Rivas - November 20, 2017 "Human beings are consumers of vast quantities of raw materials and fuels. A tremendous amount of waste materials results from this use--individual, societal, ...