|Thank you, Steve. |
But I hope that you will be back.
I could cite, at this point, a whole host of misleading or totally false claims about works of art, such as a certain novel with which readers may be familiar.
While the intent and philosophy of the artist has some weight in the social context in which such a work appears, and one would wish that some of Cameron's stated political beliefs were not attached to the credibility of the movie itself, imagine for a moment that it wasn't James Cameron who produced "Avatar," but someone of a slightly different flavor, say Tibor Machan... I could think of others probably more artistically and cinematographicaly talented, but none comes quickly to mind who are coherent advocates of objectivism as such.
Assume that the movie itself is identical. My prediction in such a case would be that so-called Objectivists would be going through all kinds of contortions in order to justify Tibor's use of what appear to be U.S. marines - even though the movie makes it quite clear that they are former U.S. military, now taking orders from a corporation operating in a legal vacume where might makes right is the operating principle.
As an aside, note that there is nothing actually mystical in the scientific/philosophical assumptions of the movie. The planetary mind of Pandora is not some aetherial notion of other dimensional superstition, but a very concrete living entity composed of a physical planetary nervous system.
While some would be stretching the bounds of PC Objectivism to defend Tibor, others - the Purists - would be slamming him into a lunar orbit of traitorous, anti-man, anti-life non-personhood. How COULD YOU, Tibor???
The fact is that "Avatar" is a splendid work of art with some flaws in the messages that will be read into it. As Cameron stated and the movie portrays, technology and reason are not the enemy. The bad guys are criminals operating outside of moral constraints. The good guys win precisely because they use the technology against those who wished to use it for corrupt, evil ends. The movie is a celebration of the good, the true and the beautiful. The Director nor the actors nor set designers nor financiers can alter half a line, nor all your fears erase a word of it...
Better yet, instead of Tibor, imagine ME as the director. And thank you for the Awards.
Applause, Standing Ovation, Bowing, Catching flowers.... ;->
(Edited by Phil Osborn on 1/17, 2:13pm)