Thursday, February 11, 2010
That Other Avatar
With its Lost World settings and blending of Asian mythologies and philosophies, Avatar: The Last Airbender goes back to the earliest roots of the modern superhero (which Tim Binnall and I explored in depth on his podcast). By doing so, it ties into the single most important pop culture meme at work today- the blending of spirituality and science fiction (see the other Avatar). This is actually a very old story, but it is one that may yet come to define the future of Western civilization.
Certainly, the next generation of computer programmers and engineers are being bombarded with these memes, almost guaranteeing that many of them will rise against the dominant reductionist paradigm in the left-brain dominant reality consensus.
But that too will merely be a return to first principles.
UPDATE: "The Blue World." I forgot about this Sirian/Mermaid parable. Thanks to Andae.