Tag Archive: imagination

Handmaid’s Tale Inoculates Viewers from Responsibility for Real Atrocities

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Guest interact with an art installation, designed by Paula Scher and Abbott Miller, and book giveaway celebrating Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' opens on the High Line on April 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu)

By Rachel Wagner (November 18, 2019) The Haidmaid’s Tale television series producer Warren Littlefield says that Offred’s story “presents a chilling vision into an increasingly likely potential future.” I suggest that this insistence on relevance is more indicative of a desire to *be* predictive, to believe that media like The Handmaid’s Tale can tell us something about the world and where…
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Is “OK, Boomer” a Radical Critique? Two Responses

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By Chris Crass-Joe Lowndes (November 12, 2019)   Chris Crass: I’m grateful that the first time I heard of “OK, Boomer” and was responded to with “OK, Boomer”, I was having a friendly and beautiful debate with a 13 year old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, about socialist electoral strategy.  I said “Yes, we want Bernie Sanders to…
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Greta Thunberg’s Speech Will Be Iconic

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By S. (September 25, 2019) I’ve always wondered how speeches become iconic and why some speeches are remembered. Would I recognize a famous speech when I first heard it? Did those people who first heard “ask not what your country can do for you” or “I have dream” understand the historic import? I remember “Mr Gorbachev, tear down that wall”….
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Advice to Young People: Don’t Normalize Racism

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By Mark Naison (August 19, 2019) If there was a piece of advice I would give to young people, it would be the following: Don’t normalize racism. Speak out against it and challenge it wherever you see it, whether it is in a classroom, a dormitory, a locker room or at your family dinner table. Do so with kindness when…
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People Will Die As Long as We Teach Kids There are Always Losers and Winners

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By Teka Lark (August 7, 2019) Your worldview is shaped by your community, family, media, education system, and essentially all the people, things, and actions that you interact with and provides you with information. Your view on the world starts from the minute you hit earth. Fairytales, TV, the Internet, video games, books, what your education system decides to teach…
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Keeping the Faith: Compassion, Understanding, and the Future of the Left

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By Arun Gupta (May 21, 2019) I am hearing a lot of despair lately, so I would like to share this story with you. In the early 1990s, when I was international news editor at The Guardian Newsweekly, we hired a bookkeeper named Frances. Being a political newspaper run by the staff, our interviews were a mix of questions about…
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I’m Not Your Blackface

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By Teka Lark (January 31, 2019) I think one of the most important things to know is who you are and the second most important thing to know is who others think you are. I like to think of the world and my life as a journey, but I am aware that many people, entities, systems, view each individual as…
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MLK, Jr. Was a Sci-Fi Geek (and It Shaped His Idea of Justice, Too)

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By Joseph Orosco (January 22, 2019) By now, a lot of people have heard the story of how Star Trek was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite TV show. It was, according to Nichelle Nichols, the only program he allowed his children to watch because it portrayed African Americans living in a future where they were treated equally and with dignity…
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The Wall is a Symbol of Isolation and Racism

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By Rachel Wagner (January 8, 2019) Has anyone else noticed that Trump only talks about one issue at a time, like for months? For a while it was Hillary. For a while North Korea. Healthcare for a while. There were others. Now it’s nothing but wall wall wall. This successive “single issue” approach is likely intended to just keep us…
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