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This weekend, I attended a conference that highlighted the importance of personal (individual) narrative for movement building + I just kept thinking about the lost opportunity in telling bigger, collective stories.
I want movies + binge-worthy TV series + novels + short stories + memoirs + graphic novels that help me imagine different, anti-capitalist worlds.
I want storytelling that shows me what collective housing might look like, that romanticizes (+ problematizes) being an activist as a daily, lived experience.
I crave entertainment that speaks to the realities of our existence in which there is stark economic inequality, systemic racism + pervasive gender bullshit.....and imagines SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
I'm so tired, like actually TIRED, of crap stories about crime & serial killers that glorify cops & the carceral state. Like, there are NO NEW STORIES there.
I'm also TIRED of political dramas that operate within the frame of our EXISTING political structures. Even the very good ones: #HouseofCards #ThePoliticalWife tell a story that assumes the status quo cannot be changed.
Yes, and I include #Scandal + #HGAWM in this, too.
And, if there are podcasts doing this, I haven't heard them.
We need narratives & stories that help us imagine better worlds: more just, more equitable, more racially conscious, more gender fluid.... and we need them NOW.
Such stories inspire creative geniuses. Whoopi Goldberg talks about the way that Uhuru (on Star Trek) inspired her work: elephantjournal.com/2014/03/when-i…
And, these stories don't need to be cordoned off in "science fiction." Wacky comedies can also provide different visions of what's possible: huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/gil…
Current entertainment options are so limited + limiting. Telling the same kinds of stories again and again. So little imagination about what other worlds are possible.
When I see someone #onhere or elsewhere post a query like: "I'm looking for something (not awful) to watch - any suggestions?" (which is often) I think this is a question that's really about how NARROW our range of choices is.
TL;DR

Yes, personal narratives are important. And, so are narratives about who we are as a collective and about what might be possible in a differently ordered world, if only we could imagine it and then work together to build it.

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