Representation of the East or Eastern Bloc that was the Soviet Union in Western and American pop culture during and after the Cold War shaped American perception of life and the peoples under communism.
Dissemination of these Western notions of what Soviet life was like occurred through various types of wide-spread mediums.
One particular medium that influenced American thought on communism was comics.
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is one that tells a classic story of love, loss, and, transformation – three timeless themes that are continually shared throughout the universal human story and experience.
Since the Era of Exploration and colonization, beginning in the early fifteenth century, the institutionalization of certain Western and ethnocentric ideas have been globally established and implemented.
The current politics that govern the modern world is centrally based on the various ideas that the Western world or “first world” acts as the core and the Global South or “second” and “third world” acts as the periphery areas surrounding the core. Known as the World Systems Theory, the structure of this theory proceeds to form the culture of the modern globalized society.
These ideas continue to reign over all realms within the modern world, including the politics of circulation and judgement of art and cinema.
Growing up I spent my weekends at home with my mother who would reminisce the days of her childhood by marathoning episodes of the 1960s TV show, That Girl on our DVD player. Little did I really know, was that one of my mother’s favorite childhood shows had changed the future of TV forever, and all the shows I watched when I was a kid would have never been the same without “That Girl.”
In my sophomore year of college I took a course called “The Philosophy of Feminism.” Many or perhaps nearly all of the texts we read had been written by baby-boom era liberal white feminist philosophers.
I have no inherent problems or objections with reading these texts, however my only argument against this method of teaching is the lack of diversity in both the authors and their ideas.