The Big Think

August 26, 2011

Captain America

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 7:20 pm

Erin and I saw Captain America about a month ago and loved it. It was both a wonderfully fun summer movie and strangely inspiring to me. I was poking around online and found this poster, created not by a professional but by a simple fan:

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This comment says it all:

I would like to add another idea as to what makes this a great postor. Simple iconography. The beach landings are so iconic and burned into our minds that even if we saw a “new” picture we would instantly recognize it for what is was without having to crack a history book. Cap’s shield is another icon that is instantly recognizable. Throw these two together and it is a formula for win.

Something else struck me about this poster. The emotional content. Think about what this poster conveys. A super powered human about to jump into one of the most dangerous and brutal moments in history. He is in a simple landing craft with other non-powered humans that are about to do the same. It shows not only what Cap is fighting for, but also that he is one of many heroes in that boat. I know that is not the route that the movie is taking, but if the movie did try to carry the same emotional content of this poster, it would be oscar fuel. Something that would legitimize superhero movies in the eyes of those who are not fans of graphic novels.

More great poster reimaginings over at the link, but this one was superb.

Only 15 More Months of This

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 2:41 pm

Since the 60′s two unifying forces, for good or ill, were removed from the country: the removal of Judeo/Christian values as the semi-official moral code of the public schools) and the death of the draft/aka Vietnam. (actually ending in the 70′s). These two changes had one thing in common, it took two generations for them to have the following effect:

It is now unlikely that a student going to school today, had a teacher or parent who 1. Served in the military or 2. Was taught that moral code in school. To a whole generation now being born these are things that belong to outsiders. This makes the military and religious people outsiders and strange to one group and vice versa. Since the military draws predominantly from those two groups it will become more isolated from the rest of the public as time goes by.

Very interesting perspective worth reading over at Datechguy.

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