1. After watching the first episode of Bravest Warriors, I said it was inappropriate for my boys. Apparently retailers were asked to destroy all copies of Adventure Time #11 because it includes an advertisement for Bravest Warriors that was deemed too risque.
2. Jared Diamond describes the time he was nearly killed by a sorcerer in New Guinea.
3. Jim Crawford (who made one of the best games of the year) is Tweeting a provocative take on Django Unchained:
So Django Unchained makes the fifth Tarantino movie in a row with the same exact revenge plot. I guess he likes that one a lot.
Also, I'm pretty sure that writing a scene with the intent of establishing a character as evil automatically makes you a hack.
I get that Tarantino is doing homage to movies with that revenge fantasy scenario. He's making bad movies in homage to bad movies.
Not just bad in the sense of "poorly made," but harmful in that they reinforce the notion that "bad people" exist and we should kill them.
That Tarantino is such a good storyteller makes this worse, not better, because he's more effectively reinforcing his dangerous worldview.
It's incredibly important to realize that despite what a thousand hacky movies and game plots tell you, the Nazis weren't "evil."
Nazis were the result of bureaucracy, a pathological cult of personality, and basic human tribalism.
This sort of thing happens in every culture and on every scale, and how we perceive the events is almost entirely the lens of the historian.