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    Police Propaganda in Cop Shows

    I think it would be incredibly insightful to fully delve into the propaganda that is commonly shown on our favourite cop shows so that they can be watched and enjoyed critically. I am not saying that cop shows are bad, I enjoy Brooklyn 99 and a few others. But it is really common to see tropes such as "good" cops breaking the law on a hunch because they really need to get the criminal but the bureaucracy in place to keep them accountable stops them. There is also a common theme of framing the police officers in charge of keeping other cops in line as the "bad guys" (e.g. The Vulture from b99). Always framing defense attorneys as evil, even though they are the only thing stopping cops from just arresting anyone on no evidence. And especially the theme of citizens invoking their rights (their right to counsel and their right not to speak to them without a lawyer, etc.) as things that are only done if you are guilty. All of these things are specifically framed to manipulate the audience into mindsets that would actively harm them if they actually were to interact with cops in real life. There is a lot of sources to back these sorts of things up but I don’t think I am the best at fully articulating the ways this is done subtly and pervasively in every cop show.

    • Ah, now this is a timely topic if I've ever seen one. You might do some compare/contrast. For instance, you say invoking their rights is something characters only do when guilty; is there ever a case on TV or in the movies where this isn't true? Are there examples wherein defense attorneys are protagonists, or wherein the lines between good cops and bad cops aren't as clear (e.g., Dark Blue)? I would also spend some time talking about how cops interact with majority/privileged vs. minority characters, and what that says about police forces and society. – Stephanie M. 4 years ago
    • It would be interesting to see a change in these types shows--more nuanced with a blending of "Blue Lives Matter," with "Black Lives Matter." – Joseph Cernik 4 years ago

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    I enjoyed Midsommar but did not think about it at any great length. I am glad to have read this. Knowing deeply about the intentions behind the film and its influences has definitely made me appreciate it more. Thank you for articulating this so well.

    Midsommar: The Horrors of a Toxic Relationship

    The difficulty of this topic was explained so articulately! I wish that I would be able to say such well rounded arguments whenever this topic is brought up but perhaps it would be better to just show others this article. Whenever I condemn an author, people never seem to understand that it is simply because I cannot stand to look at their work anymore and not because I think badly on everyone who still enjoys it. These things just need to be thought about critically. Thank you for putting these complex ideas into easy to understand arguments that I can show others.

    Problematic Creators: How Do We Interact With Their Work?

    I love the way you explored the similarities of The Giver with other pieces of more philosophical literature that this story must have originally been based on. I cannot wait to check out these texts Plato wrote on his Utopia since it is a very interesting thing to attempt to imagine an ideal world. I wonder if Lois Lowry actually based the book’s Community on them? Either way, The Giver is so fabulous at depicting how there will always be horrifying side effects of whatever system our society lives in.

    The Giver: Memory, Meaning and Belonging