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Blog#2 Media and Ideology

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I get impressed by American films because of the idea of hero. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) is one of those films. The leading actor, the Terminator, wanted to kill Sara Connor, the mother of the future leader of human against the Skynet, but now he is the protector of Sara Conner and her son, John Conner since Skynet sends a new Terminator, T-1000, who is more advanced than the first Terminator. He helps Sara and John escape from the chase of T-1000. At the end of the film, the Terminator destroys T-1000. Also he sacrifices himself, so the technology cannot be used again for Skynet.

The film, Terminator 2 shows the idea of hero that the producer wants to deliver. Also, this idea is the favor of American audience. That is why this kind of films is usually welcome and successful, although the story is simple. Hero is the savior of human. People like hero, who have super power to fight with evil or villain in order to save vulnerable group. It could be the expectation of people that they want to be the superman. I think it is American bias of the culture of heroism. Also it is the bias of justice. In many movies, hero is doing good things for people and fighting with bad men. Usually, at the end of the movie, victory belongs to the hero. I also think that the hero theme movies show the bias of importance of human position. No matter how strong the evils or villains are and how difficult to fight with them, finally the victory belongs to human who have skill, courage and wisdom at the end of the movie. Everybody wants to have skill, courage and wisdom to be a powerful man. The ideas that the movie deliverers to the audience are also the expectations for people themselves.

There are more examples, such as, the superman, spider man and batman in the movies reflecting the ideas of heroism, justice and important position of human. They are not only the ideologies of the movies, also the American bias to be powerful like the hero roles in the movie.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL1RE8JXaIw

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  1. September 27, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Some good points here. I would have liked to hear your thoughts on what it meant that the terminator from the first movie became the “good guy.” There’s also the whole layer of how Schwartzenegger built on the “hero” image and translated it into politics. This is a good start so I’ll give credit.

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