Heroes and Villains
Hercules, Jesus, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Gandalf, Frodo, Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, Spiderman, Batman, Captain Kirk, Dr. Who, Darth Vader, Sauron, Voldemort, Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, the Daleks, the Borg. Almost anybody living in the developed West would be able to group these individuals into two camps: the heroes and the villains. However, what criteria they may use to do this is less clear.
Mike Alsford introduces us to a range of heroic and villainous archetypes on a journey through film, television, comic books, and literature. On the way, he addresses questions such as: What is a true hero? What is a true villain? Have we misunderstood these terms? What kind of societal values do our mythical heroes and villains represent? In trying to understand the extremes of hero and villain we are made more aware of our own ethical standards and given a space in which to explore contemporary concerns over notions of right and wrong, good and bad.
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It has been my experience that raising primal questions through the use of
familiar media images serves to demystify important debates often regarded as
the sole preserve of the expert academic . While someone untrained in the fields
Knowledge , in and of itself , can be regarded as value neutral – even the
knowledge of how to make a nuclear weapon could be said to be harmless
scientific information until utilised in a specific way , although I realise that this is
a debatable ...
Thus everything that they encounter is to be regarded as a resource , something
that can be consumed and used . The villain is , first and foremost , a user . Once
again it would appear that being a villain has more to do with a particular attitude
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