“J. R. Tolkien, an Oxford University scholar of the Anglo-Saxon language, showed that Beowulf was a factual account, not a fiction and that Grendel was most likely a T. rex. This very much upset the other academics because having man and dinosaur living at the same time threatened the millions of years so essential for the theory of evolution.”—source (via firefinger)
“We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills, critical thinking skills and similar programs … which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”—
The way we treat characters in media reflects the ideas we have about real people, and then our media goes on to enforce how we treat those real people.
I am all for enjoying the media I consume (and contrary to how it must look, I do enjoy a lot of media) but I am critical of everything I enjoy. No media exists in a vacuum. No media does not shadow the social system that constructed it.