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Die Hard and Fairy Tales | Tor.com
"Contact with magic in an initiation myth may be terrifying and bloody, but it leads to power, grace, and a cool new sword. Level up! Contact with magic in fairy tales, on the other hand, does not necessarily ennoble. There are Cinderellas, sure, but just as often survivors escape with nothing but their own skin and the knowledge they almost lost it. To use a framework I’ve employed earlier—myths are badass. Fairy tales are hard core. Or to put it another way: in our modern understanding, Campbellian myths are about knowledge, while fairy tales are about metis."
fairy-tale  myths  mythology  power  knowledge  metis 
february 2014 by tsuomela
The Dark Knight Buyses | Dave Ex Machina
"We live in a world where tremendous physical strength is of little use in getting anything accomplished. Abilities like super-speed or flight would be fun, but more as a novelty than anything else. Even phenomenal brains don’t particularly wow the masses these days. But a seemingly endless supply of money? That would make you a force to be reckoned with. Batman not only has super-powers, he’s got the only one that matters."
title(Batman)  money  wealth  comics  mythology  class  from delicious
july 2012 by tsuomela
The Lie of Star Wars as Entertainment « Whatever
"So let’s not pretend that the Star Wars series is this great piece of entertainment.

Instead, let’s call it what it is: A monument to George Lucas pleasuring himself. Which, you know, is fine. I’m happy for Lucas
title(StarWars)  entertainment  mythology  writing  filmmaking  movies 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Surprising Online Life of Legends - PageView - The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Dating from centuries before an Internet became available, the “legend trip” is a ritualized quest in which participants explore legends of supernatural events and test their truth by trying to make them come alive in the here and now.

How? By rehearsing the rituals by, for example, visiting sites of legends of the supernatural, and engaging there in the incantations, invocations, or other hocus-pocus that will supposedly conjure up some esoteric spirit or force.

Legend trips are, then, collective dares—trips to haunted houses, barns, or abandoned asylums, say—that often frighten the daylights out of participants, who usually are teenagers eager for the thrill, and thus prone to credulity."
book  review  legend  mythology  myths  online  internet  folktale  folklore  chaos 
august 2011 by tsuomela
The Persistence of Belief in a Flat Earth « Roger Launius's Blog
"A fascinating issues to be considered when thinking about such things as belief in a flat Earth, it seems to me, revolves around issues of scientific versus other types of authority. A hallmark of the scientific revolution was the privileging of scientific knowledge over other types—political, religious, economic, social, or cultural. Deference to this authority reached a zenith in the middle twentieth century, as it embedded intrinsically into the philosophy of Progressivism at the turn of the century emphasizing professionalism and scientific and technological expertise over politics in the solving of national problems."
science  authority  flat-earth  mythology  myth  expertise  20c  power 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Get High or Die Trying by Mike Deri Smith - The Morning News
The initial Outside magazine account of Ralston’s tale, written by Mark Jenkins, concludes, “It’s the survivors’ ingenuity—not their errors—that leaves the most lasting impression.” But it’s their errors we should learn from, not miraculous survival that promotes the myth that those who take risks are bulletproof supermen. ...

I’m not saying people should stop climbing, but stories glamorizing risk increase the chance of future disaster. The screenwriter of 127 Hours celebrated Ralston’s heroics saying, ”He was heavily criticized after the accident for going out into the wilderness alone, but that’s the purest way to experience it.”

Well, it’s not so pure to use rope. Or a take a map. Or to turn back. But when you’re hacking through your arm with a blunt knife, clawing your way out off a glacier with a broken leg, or explaining to parents why their children are dead, purity loses its power.
outdoor  outdoors  mountain-climbing  sports  risk  safety  mythology  planning  caution 
november 2010 by tsuomela
How to succeed as an entrepreneur : The New Yorker
In a recent study “From Predators to Icons,” the French scholars Michel Villette and Chatherine Vuillermot set out to uncover what successful entrepreneurs have in common. They present case histories of businessmen who built their own empires—ranging from Sam Walton of Wal-Mart, to Bernard Arnault, of the luxury-goods conglomerate L.V.M.H.—and chart what they consider the typical course of a successful entrepreneur’s career. The truly successful businessman, in Villette and Vuillermot’s telling, is anything but a risk-taker. He is a predator, and predators seek to incur the least risk possible while hunting. Would we so revere risk-taking if we realized that the people who are supposedly taking bold risks in the cause of entrepreneurship are actually doing no such thing?
entrepreneur  business  mythology  risk  perception 
january 2010 by tsuomela
In the Good Old Days They Had a Meta-Narrative | The Agonist
Here's the deal: As a culture, we have no over-arching meta-narrative.

Not since John Kennedy challenged Americans to make it to the moon in ten years have Americans had a shared and worthy goal to work toward together.
american  politics  rhetoric  narrative  meta-narrative  goals  mythology  framing  shared 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Gun Control and the Old West - History News Service
Pioneer publications show Old West leaders repeatedly arguing in favor of gun control. City leaders in the old cattle towns knew from experience what some Americans today don't want to believe: a town that allows easy access to guns invites trouble.
guns  gun-control  control  history  violence  america  mythology  cowboy  freedom  the-western 
august 2009 by tsuomela
US Economic Myths Bite the Dust | CommonDreams.org
Myths debunked: US nation of small businesses, economic mobility, greater innovation, lack of vacation.
economics  mythology  american  free-markets  ideology  belief 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Book Review - 'The Myth of the Rational Market,' by Justin Fox
THE MYTH OF THE RATIONAL MARKET A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street.By Justin Fox
THE SAGES Warren Buffett, George Soros, Paul Volcker, and the Maelstrom of Markets By Charles R. Morris
book  review  finance  market-failure  markets  efficiency  mythology  ideology  free-markets 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Notes From The Geek Show: A Theory of Modes and Modalities
Frye goes on to lay out his classification of five classes — or phases might be a better term: mythic, where the hero is superior in kind to the everyman
fiction  literature  mythology  criticism  critical-theory  writing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: A nation of soloists
The human being losing his job is expected not just to understand but to approve. The nature of the business has become the nature of our society---we are all expected to understand that we are each expendable and replaceable, that our sole (soul's) purpose is to be at the service of the business and we should appreciate it when we are expended and replaced because aren't we lucky to live in a society where our being expendable and replaceable so improves the common good? Stock prices go up, someone else gets to keep his job---probably the guy telling you you've just lost yours---money's being made and spent and somewhere someone will eat well tonight because we have served the business by accepting that we are no longer of use to it.
capitalism  ideology  politics  mythology  psychology 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Ah, Wall Street. Seeing the real you at last. » New Deal 2.0
Financial innovation was presented to us in a way that suggested that great things were happening for mankind. The presentations were usually vague. To understand them, we had only the power of our own imaginations, or perhaps, failing that, our awe in the face of this powerful expertise, confidently propelling us to a greater future....

Malarky. This is all code for defer to the wishes of those who make money from these techniques.
finance  financial-engineering  financial-services  banking  money  mythology  religion  capitalism  innovation  gloom-and-doom  regulation 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Letting Go of Heroes | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
Despite all the teams who’ve gone in search of them, perhaps many of those who have invested their own dreams of success and escape into figures like Amelia Earhart and Everett Ruess really don’t want them found. Why? Because the dreams are so much better than any real story, and represent the happiness of possibility, instead of the very real risk of failure that any heroic or adventurous quest entails.
fame  heroism  exploration  story-telling  myth  mythology  1930s  mystery  truth 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The Mythology of Violence
mentions Richard Slotkin's regeneration through violence thesis in connection with a review of Fight Club
mythology  myth  violence  movie  review 
july 2008 by tsuomela
Scholz - Market Ideology and the Myths of Web 2.0
This essay debunks the myths of the Web 2.0 brand and argues that the popularized phrase limits public media discourse and the imagination of a future World Wide Web.
web2.0  markets  ideology  mythology  propaganda 
march 2008 by tsuomela
Legion Magazine : Beware The Windigo
The Canadian Encyclopedia describes Windigo as a "spirit...that takes possession of vulnerable persons and causes them to engage in various antisocial behaviours, most notably cannibalism."
history  mythology  native-american  winter  environment  folktale 
december 2007 by tsuomela

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