Archive for April, 2015

Why “Walking Dead” is dead to me


Excellent article. This is why I don’t watch a lot of these shows with ‘Black characters’. I prefer this in most instances:
http://blacksciencefictionsociety.com/

Anyhow, an excellent article by author Stephen Barnes!

Steven Barnes

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SPOILER WARNING:  No, screw it.

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

And here, predictable as clockwork, is the balancing essay to my comments about “Focus” just a few days ago.   No, my optimism is still high, for the movie, our country, and the human race.   But it is important to speak about this because I’ve watched it for five years, had innumerable conversations about it, and while I often loved the show, at times it felt like watching a slow-motion train wreck.

I’m done with “Walking Dead.” And the Upton Sinclair quote needs to be modified to be understood in this context: it is difficult to get someone to understand something if understanding would cost them pleasure, or cause pain, or acknowledge their privilege.    It isn’t quite “you can’t wake up someone who is pretending…

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