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Jack Graham

Jack Graham wrote about Doctor Who and Marxism, often at the same time. These days he co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper.Support Jack on Patreon.

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  1. Nickolas Steffen
    March 16, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

    Do you think the same kind of individualism holds for Lord of the Rings? While some of Jackson's modifications seem to allow for it (eg I recall the book version of Faramir as providing help to Frodo and Sam), it seems like the books' heroes are often hitting up against their own lack of capability and relying on others for help. Instead, its characters seem to gather strength from a nostalgic impulse, rather than ST's technocratic one. I get the sense that its essentially anti-liberal.

    Have any shows struck you as presenting an alternative paradigm to the liberal bourgeois one you describe here? The proliferation of the apocalypse genre seems to play on the same themes here: individuals rising above society, gathering the power to do what's necessary (usually over the say so of schoolmarm-like opposition), nail-biting action montages, weak reflections on the dangers of too much power followed by sentimental admission that it is/was necessary, etc… Are these techniques just more entertaining or easier to portray or are there other models out there that don't succumb to the same critiques?

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  2. Ava Molvig
    February 23, 2020 @ 3:55 pm

    This episode is not really as interesting as one would like…

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  3. Michael Hart
    September 19, 2020 @ 9:44 pm

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