posted on Nov, 5 2013 @ 05:42 PM
So I’m driving down the street, and I see a sign that says, ‘HAIRCUTS $2. I need a haircut, and I happen to have two dollars, so I stop. As I walk
in, I recognize that I’m in a cosmetology school, so now I can understand why the haircuts are so cheap.
I sit down in the chair and the young lady asks me how I would like my hair cut. I tell her to picture a soldier and make it look like that. She tells
me she doesn’t know what a soldier looks like. I asked her if she’d never seen a soldier on TV or in a movie, she tells me that she doesn’t
watch those kinds of things. I tell her that she could use her imagination, to which I received silence and a blank stare.
After some minutes of silence, as she's butchering what is left of my hair, she initiates what turned out to be a very interesting conversation,
which went something like this:
"Have you seen Ender's game?"
Now I'm interested. "No, but I don't think I'll like the movie because I've read the book twice. That was the problem with Starship Troopers.
Have you seen that movie?"
"No." She replied, "I've read Ender's game too and the movie wasn't as good."
Surprised, I ask, "You've actually read Ender's game?!"
"Yeah, we had to read it this year in school. I'm in high school."
She seemed to volunteer the fact that she was a high school student, I assume as a deflection to what has to be multiple times daily advances and
inappropriate comments from some of the clientele that I'd seen in this place on the way in.
So I ask her, "Ender's game is required reading in high school?"
She confirms with a yep, and I just start laughing. At this point I'm just assuming that it's just required reading where I am, which is Utah, and
that is probably because Orson Scott Card is a Mormon in good standing with the Church. I didn't think much more of it until later that night when I
went to work and related the story to my boss.
He told me that it was a marketing ploy - that the owners of the franchise had made a deal with schools to buy the books at a great discount as a ramp
up to the movie release, in order to drum up ticket sales. I was skeptical when I heard him say that, and I still am a bit, although this concept is
not one that I would put past an aggressive marketing team.
That said, it does beg the question:
Are marketers exploiting children in order to sell to them a franchise based on a story that deals with the exploitation of children? Not to mention
that this kid just kills some folks, both bullies. Is it not also important to note that this is recommended reading for military commanders and
junior leaders? What's the real message being sent to these kids?