oH YM GOD CONNOR MADE ME A GIF OF THAT GUY I WAS TALKING ABOUT
LOOK AT HIM
HE KNOWS SOMETHINGS UP MAN
THIS BROTHER AIN’T HERE FOR ALEXANDER PIERCE’S BULLSHIT
I think there’s something pretty powerful going on CA:TWS, that I deeply appreciate.
Obviously, there’s all that meaningful stuff about the ordinary people of SHIELD standing with Cap, particularly when he talks to them and rouses them to stand up. But that’s easy stuff in a movie, on some level: easy to portray, just one moment in time. There’s no requirement in our movie logic these days for anyone to show what this movie shows: changes over time. People in the background early on going “What the hell is going on? The message doesn’t match my reality.”
For me, the movie has one super important theme: Question authority.
In Martha Stout’s The Sociopath Next Door, the author posits that humans, on average, have pretty decent consciences; but we submit our consciences to authority in order to make society work, to do our jobs, to get paid, to eat, to go home and be conscientious to the best of our ability with our families and friends. That makes it easy for sociopaths to slip into organizations, right? The authority structure is there, and right-thinking people will obey the sociopath if they just get some power.
And of course, that’s how you keep the sociopaths from running everything. You don’t shut your conscience down because you get a job. You question authority.
I feel like there has been a perceived disconnect with Nazism/Hydra having infiltrated SHIELD, that this subtle threat is a bit odd. But I’m thinking about how the Milgram Experiments (“to measure the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience”) came on the heels of Nazi war crime tribunals. So many people after the war wanted to know how ordinary people descended so quickly into cruelty and absolute inhumanity by “obeying orders” in Nazi Germany, for fear that it could happen to them. So it makes all kinds sense that the undercurrent of Captain America’s first post-WWII movie explores that very topic.
That guy in the background? That guy is awesome. That guy is what the movie is about, to me.
I was rewatching parts of CA:TWS this morning, and this kind of thing is really visible if you watch the backgrounds of the SHIELD scenes, and then moves to the foreground when Steve comes over the intercom later, trying to convince people not to launch the helicarriers.
You can see the expressions on all the faces, some people’s hardening, some with a listening-to-their-gut look to them, some with creeping fear — and you can tell, watching the camera pan over them, that some of the people are Hydra, some are making sense out of the past few days, and some of them are not sure, themselves, which way they’re about to jump.
“Fear makes companions of us all.”
Bad Education Series 3 - Episode 1
Bad Education, 3x01, ‘Strike’
"One of my favorite mottos, I actually have it written on a post-it over my computer. I look at it every single day. It was said by a poet named Rumi and it goes, ‘Do not be satisfied with stories, that which has come before. Unfold your own myth.’ And that is our challenge. Every single one of us, no matter the categories we have inherited. We must unfold our own myth. And it won’t be easy. We’re constantly navigating, rearranging, reinventing others’ expectation of ourselves everyday. But every word we write in the narrative of our own lives, we come closer to uncovering what’s beneath our own masks, maybe even embracing that true misfit, that true crazy one within. Oh, it’ll be a fight, that’s for sure, but that battle for your soul, for your authentic self. It’s worth it, isn’t it? It’s bold, it’s brave. In fact, I would say it’s heroic. So now, it’s your turn: tell me your story.”
Myths, Misfits, & Masks by Sana Amanat at TedxTeen (x)
I’m still excited when I get a new follower.
I’m still happy when a post of mine actually gets notes.
And I still appreciate each and every one of you who continues to follow me no matter how silly, or annoying, or weird I am.
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Meet Scarlett, a smart, sarcastic, kick-butt, Muslim American heroine, ready to take on crime in her hometown of Las Almas.
When a new case finds the private eye caught up in a centuries-old battle of evil genies and ancient curses, Scarlett discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks—and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father’s murder. Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
It’s a voice-driven mystery perfect for fans of Veronica Mars and it’s coming out in May 2015, so mark your calendars. In the meantime, you can check out author Jennifer Latham’s website and chat with her right here on Tumblr (jenlatham) or over on Twitter.
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guys, have you been kidnapped by puberty?