Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next

Much has been made about the oft-lamented shift from Hero to Antihero and the modern obsession with romanticizing evil. Most frequently, I've heard this complaint directed at modern western media's fixation on selecting one unyielding human trash fire after another as every main character. There's a reason modern book sales and movie sales are struggling. … Continue reading Heroes, Dark Heroes, and Antiheroes: How audience preferences have changed through the generations and what comes next

The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

Picture this: You have an extended family of 20 close relatives. You all live together in one giant house. You tend your gardens together, cook your meals together, do your laundry together. All chores are shared. All expenses are shared. You will grow up and grow old here. Your career will be in one of … Continue reading The loss of family estates and the rise of existential dread

The importance of rough play to create moral men

Took my son to a fair with a bouncy house. Little boys jumped around inside. The outside was ringed with women clustered at the windows, shrieking at the boys if they even came close to physical contact. They dragged boys out, scolding and shouting. Not a father in sight. Boys are naturally energetic, aggressive, competitive. … Continue reading The importance of rough play to create moral men