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Sid_Knee wrote

More anti-capitalism being sold to us by capitalist organisations (this added $19 billion to Netflix's stock value). Of course, their anti-capitalism always blames a few bad guys (the VIPs). Any alternative to capitalism is never presented. Just a few reforms and tweaks here and there and everything will be just fine. Everyone is anti-capitalism these days, even the capitalists, and it’s just a lifestyle dead end that leads to people thinking that liberty and equality begins and ends with fair trade coffee, rainbow bombs makers and POC better represented in boardrooms.

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existential1 OP wrote (edited )

Are you saying you would still be opposed to a boot on your neck if it were a high heel instead? /s

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ab5 wrote

I'll wait for this fad to be over before watching it, maybe two or three years.

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monday wrote

A lot of people, parents mostly, are talking how children (even early teens) are watching the show and seeing all as a banal fable of reality shows, the violence goes over their head as if it was "normal" or expect. Some people told me they worry this a desensitization going on in their kids, but I am not sure this is the case.

The anticapitalist critique is not a given thing either, many of my coworkers who watched the show never spoke about it in this way. At least I received a sermon from a white vegan zoomed about migrants, overpopulation and govt "handouts"....

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monday wrote

Yes, I heard something like this too, like ppl saying it's reminding the blue whale challenge.

I don't have the experience of being a parent, but it's seems almost impossible to prevent kids from engaging with this content/graphic violence if other parents don't think the show is a bad influence and social media is just a big game for the kids.

I probably would be a bad parent, or too much control or not control at all.

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existential1 OP wrote

Just finished it. Felt like the last 2 minutes were a bit of a letdown but overall enjoyed the show. Capitalism is crazy in Korea too, eh?

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catachresis wrote

At the end of the fifth game there was the frame of the VIPS watching the game and I thought it was an interesting critique towards the viewers at home watching this tragedy-filled show for enjoyment on our couch.

I don’t think it needs or requires a second season, it would be more of the same and taking down the big boss as finale wouldn’t align with it’s marketed ‘anti capitalist’ messaging, imo. They could have a deep connected web that keeps the games going. I don’t think the good guys could win in the end without the police/state power.

It’s very solid television and was worth watching, but wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend to anyone.

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