This week I talked about The Hunger Games (no spoilers, I promise) in honor of Catching Fire hitting the theaters.
I used this to bring up some difficult issues that the US is facing--well, that every country is facing but especially the US. Poverty rates, how little we take care of our poor--things that you've probably heard before if you know where to listen.
Yes, where, not how. And I say that because I'm certainly not the only person talking about it, and I'm certainly not talking about it better than anyone else, but most of the talk tends to get drowned out or pushed under the rug.
We talk a lot about "First World Problems" as a way to dismiss certain issues. What we fail to address when we do this is that living in a first world country does not mean that world is infallible.
The response to this, or at least the general response was rather heartwarming.
People starting up discussions, people engaging in the issues, and sharing how they volunteer and one of my favorites, this organization was brought to my attention: http://ivolunteerastribute.org/
It's an amazing charity organization that seemed to form in opposition of other campaigns that were promoting the Capitol Lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of bright colors--I mean with my hair, I probably would have fit in fairly well--and there's nothing wrong with that or my fashion... but when Covergirl glorified this fashion and lifestyle with a makeup line "in honor" of Catching Fire... it rather missed the damn point. Unless, I suppose, proceeds of that line were then donated to charity?
...but I kinda doubt that. Ah well. Let's focus on the good stuff, yeah?
It's things like "I volunteer as tribute" that make me so confused at people who accuse geek culture of being too involved in itself. That we're glued to our technology and unaware of what's going around us. Our world may be reminiscent of Huxley's Brave New World in some rights, but I think we're going to be okay in the end.
We're aware and we're damn intelligent as a group. The world isn't going to be fixed overnight but I really do believe we're not going to blow ourselves up.
Thanks for being a great albeit unlikely source of hope for me, internet. You make me proud and at the same time somehow humbled to be a part of this community.
Long live the geek.