Still chuckling about how the novel Lord of the Flies was specifically a critique of BRITISH imperialism and the violence that society instilled from childhood on, and has nothing to do with so-called "human nature."
When a group of real-life Tongan teenagers were stranded on an island and had to fend for themselves in a very similar scenario, what did they do? They built houses, a badminton court, and a gym, planted gardens, set up a rotating watch for passing ships, and peacefully resolved disputes until they were rescued 15 months later. Violent human nature my ass.
@ljwrites Stuff like this is why i think a lot of the literature they have you read in school is kind of lost on people? because without the context you get entirely different messages
@Hearth @benhamill Makes perfect sense, video games are contemporary works with a context that is known and meaningful to us. There's often a ton of thought that goes into the themes and story beats, with that participatory and interactive aspect to heighten engagement. I honestly think games should be a bigger part of literature and reading/media classes--I think kids would have some really amazing discussions while learning and thinking about critical media consumption.
@Hearth @ljwrites At least here, I feel like teachers’ lack of input on the reading lists (or playing lists?) is a big contributing factor. If classes were “interact with this thing and then discuss what you thought with the teacher and your peers” I think it would be a lot better. But I think it requires more engagement with the work from teachers (who, frankly, aren’t paid enough for that shit) and more freedom for them.
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