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    Why is the delinquent protagonist the best kind?

    Alex Russo in Disney Channel’s hit TV show, "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007-2012), is well loved for her constant antics: pranking her brothers, breaking rules, being lazy and selfish but ultimately having a heart of gold. Why is it that audiences adore "rule breaker" characters? Is it because they can do and get away with things that the rest of us in reality cannot so we live vicariously through them? Or is it because to be good all the time is boring? What other films and TV series star rebel protagonists and why are their immoral actions so appealing to viewers?

    • The main reason I think we see so many rebel characters is because it is an easy way to introduce conflict into a plot. – Blackcat130 2 weeks ago
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    • I'm not sure delinquents and rebels are always the "best" kinds of characters, per se, but I think their appeal taps into wish fulfillment. Most kids hate where they go to school, and most adults hate where they work, and so the idea of being able to just flout the rules and do what you want is super appealing. This is especially true if, as often happens in these kinds of stories, a character breaks a rule for the greater good, and by the end of the story everyone sees how right they were all along. – Debs 2 weeks ago
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    I agree that cancel culture is a HUGE thing today, especially with the way it sweeps through the media and can garner mini mobs in a few hours, sometimes on unreliable information. While I do think it is important to call out issues and not sweep things under the rug, I also recognize that we have jumped into a “guilty until proven innocent” society at times. It’s a difficult issue to wrangle, and I think all we can do is practice playing devil’s advocate more with the media accusations that we see.

    Anime Versus Cancel Culture

    I greatly enjoyed reading this article! Breaking down the arc of the hero’s journey in stories is always fascinating to me, and tying together Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and post-modern movies like The Matrix was intriguing to read as well. Thank you for writing it!

    Plato's Cave and the Construction of Reality in Postmodern Movies

    Never have I pondered the relatability of The Office in all facets of life. When I watched it the first time, I was more interested in the budding romance of Jim and Pam! After reading this article however, I will be re-watching the Office through a much larger lens. What struck me the most was talk near the beginning about the conformity and “go with the masses” attitude that is pushed on, well, all of society. While being something I had not really considered much before, I, sadly, cannot disagree. Overall, a really well-written and thought-provoking article!

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