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heckthepolice2 wrote

Fun fact: the entire concept of the alpha male comes from a long-discredited study of wolves. As it turns out, wolves in the wild live in small family units, and those wolves that appear to be in charge are just the parents. It's only in captivity that hierarchical dominance structures emerge.

It almost feels like there's something here that could be applied to humans

Almost...

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Reply to by hasbrochem

_za wrote

More on this: Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) was the armed wing of the ANC that came about when they gave up nonviolence approaches. This is a part of their manifesto. More here.

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Reply to by hasbrochem

rot wrote

the quote lacks context but if revolutions stop the 'locomotive of history' then does that mean that revolution stops change? stops the flow of history? that's not how I think of revolution

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ziq wrote

...And then promptly start the train up again with a new conductor.

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F_x wrote

Season 1 Michael was more douchebag but 99% of the show he's pretty much what you described. If his prejudice is defang wouldn't that do exactly what the quote is saying (de-stigmatizing) therefore the comic depiction of racism being racist?

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Dumai OP wrote (edited )

i'm not the hugest office fan so correct me if i'm wrong, but my general impression is that michael scott is broadly portrayed as a sympathetic klutz -- awkward, but ultimately harmless, right? which, overall, rather defangs (or more to the point attempts to defang, neutralise, depoliticise) his prejudice, i think.

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F_x wrote

That's interesting, I would say that the comic depiction of racism is racist but maybe it depends on how it is frame? Like The Office (US) is using a lot of inappropriate and awkward behaviour as humour. We know that it's wrong and the characters are wrong but I think there is still argument that it is racism regardless, even more when you see how weakly Michael is called out on his shit. Thoughts?

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