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A bit of insight

“He represents the everyman, but more importantly, maybe he represents the underdog and those marginalized, those who come up against great prejudice, which I as a middle-class, straight white man don’t really understand so much.  When Stan Lee first wrote and created this character, the outcast was the computer nerd, the science nerd, the guy that couldn’t get the girl.  Those guys now run the world.  So how much of an outcast is that version of Peter Parker?  That’s my question.” — via Sheila Robert’s Comic-Con coverage at Collider, a quote from Andrew Garfield on the character he’ll be reprising in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.



This is an excerpt from one of the most interesting posts I read in 2012, by the writer of selfcreator.wordpress.com:

“Furthermore, movies and media play a frighteningly significant role in shaping the human psyche, in a way that a painting simply cannot. People carry around ridiculous notions of romantic love and the existence of soul mates; skewed conceptions of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality; unnatural perceptions of beauty and body image; they foster unsubstantiated ideas of what it’s like to live in Paris, of how functional or dysfunctional other people’s families are, of what it takes to be a pirate or a ninja or an assassin — all from watching movies. Movies shape the way people perceive and receive the world. So what happens when all the heroes are white? When all the characters are white? When actors of color are relegated to bit roles or pigeonholed into playing out stereotypes? What happens when a multi-billion dollar industry produces film after film after film in which only white people are important, only white people are considered beautiful, only white people can be brave and go on adventures and exist in fantasy lands?

“It starts to contaminate your own imagination. Your imagination becomes as white and as limited as Moonrise Kingdom.”

Find the whole thing here.

Also of interest, Cynthia writes about a venture called “Homefulness” by POOR Magazine (out of San Francisco) :

 “Homefulness is a viable solution to the problem of homelessness, and although the current project is based in Oakland, California, I honestly believe that this model has the potential to transform communities all across the country. The thing that makes it work is that people in poverty are making decisions about what works for them, rather than having social service agencies tell them how to do things.”

The post in full here.  But wait, here’s one more excerpt from it:

 “I think it’s good to feel uncomfortable because that’s how we grow. If we constantly live in a sheltered, protective state, we don’t have the opportunity to stretch our hearts and minds. This includes looking closely at the reality that many people are barely surviving, and considering how this impacts them. Not everything is going to be wrapped up in a pretty package and presented with a glossy-sheen, but that’s a good thing.”