How many of you folks have seen Avatar? I watched it over the holidays and was encouraged by its imperialism will not always win the day message. That said, there were unfortunate comments such as Sigourney Weaver stating, "this is not Voudon, this is science." Anyone who understands the Haitian culture knows Voudon is not about witch doctors. And of course there was the white savior implications that a lot of folks found that troubling.
What I want to know from you is, did the movies message ring true? Have all these countries throughout the world been destroyed by the dominant culture? If so why do you think that is? How can the neo colonialism, neo liberalism invaders be stopped? Do you even care? In terms of the white savior at the end, did anyone catch that? The same theme runs in the Matrix. Incidentally how many of you knew the Matrix and Terminator Franchise are being sued by Sophia Stewart, a black woman. Stewart is suing the Wachowski brothers and Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Strange that James Cameron would make a movie about stealing folks land and he is named in a lawsuit about stealing someones property albeit intellectual. They are in court right now. It's a fascinating story. If you think it cannot happen check out Flash of Genius, whereby Ford Motor Company steals an engineers idea.Anyone who thinks ideas are not stolen is living in a fantasy world. I'm not judging folks, I'm just saying. That said, in Warner Brother's version of the Matrix, they make Neo the Savior of all humankind. In Avatar the converted hero learns all the Nav'i culture and secrets in 3 months and saves the day. I want to know what you think, what you took away. While you are at, tell me what you thought of the Blind Side if you saw it. While I liked it, I was again fatigued by the stereotype black ghetto no-good-shiftless project folks. The heroine was a good person but I tire of these same old plots. How about you? Am I being jaded? How many of you out there think we are due for an Avatar moment in beloved country? Holla back, OK.