A Guide to Properly Hating Old Movies


Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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8 Responses

  1. Avatar Rufus F.

    “I’m not saying we’re necessarily smarter and more enlightened than they were back then, but look at how oblivious they were to other people’s socio-cultural context!”Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq

    This article is just going to get dismissed as man-splaining. People are bad about putting media of their past in the historical context, especially if they have strong opinions about things.Report

  3. Avatar El Muneco

    It’s not the same thing, but this inspired me to plug James.Nicoll’s blog’s series “Young People Read.Old SF”.

    It’s Just What It Says On The Tin. Current students are handed a period work from e.g. Heinlein, Joanna Russ, etc. and no particular historical context, and review it through current goggles.Report

    • Avatar pillsy in reply to El Muneco

      I found a link!

      Haven’t read all of them, especially since I now want to go back and read some of the stories I haven’t read or don’t remember very well. One thing I noticed is that the readers often tried to avoid the [NEVER ADD HISTORICAL CONTEXT HERE] trap by inferring it from what they were reading.

      Also, I’m a little disappointed he didn’t point them at “The Cold Equations”, just because it’s a classic that’s so polarizing.Report

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