posted on Aug, 3 2007 @ 04:01 PM
Originally posted by Redge777
Alice in Wonderland was just a girl chasing a rabit. I am only saying I am seeing social comentary, I go over the top to point that out.
Though you did go over the top as you point out, you do indeed have a point. All media is in some way attempting to convey some message on one level
or another. I recommend that you read Bartes' Mythologies, which offers some insight into this.
Having a young child, I sometime find when I am reading the traditional stories such as Grimm and things like Puss in Boots, that the subtext is quite
overwhelming. The example you give of Alice in Wonderland is pointed and anyone who has read Alice through the Looking Glass will see how Lewis
Caroll then took that premise to the next level. Similarly the allegory to be found in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and so many more. Loading
literature with symbolism and social commentary is as old as literature. The same applies to film - think Battleship Potemkin and Metropolis and I am
sure you will agree.
The birth of psychology and a true understanding of the power of propaganda changed everything - the Rockerfeller Foundations promotion of Behavioural
sciences sought not to understand humanity but to control and shape it. As the late, great Erich Fromm put it:
"(behavioural sciences and Rockfeller Foundation)..are interested mainly in what man does and how he can be made to do what he does....They have to a
considerable extent become an obstacle to and a substitute for the development of the integrated science of man." (Source: The Anatomy of Human
Destructiveness by Erich Fromm 1974).
We should all be aware of the hidden messages in TV and the more popular the series, like Buffy, the more they are going to seek to use it to direct
our thinking. Some are more subtle than others. Joss Whedon and similarly Chris Carter broke certain moulds but that does not mean that they
retained editorial control and that their creations were not used by powerful groups to direct our thinking. I would guess that they were targeted
because of their popularity, an independent production company still requires distribution and those distributors have to satisfy their revenue
providers etc etc.
In my opinion, though you may be off the mark that does not mean you haven't got the right idea - take a look at Bartes for a start, it may give you
some insight - similarly I can't remember the author but there is an excellent book called Representing Reality that you may find helpful.