From: Vincent Campbell (VCampbell@dmu.ac.uk)
Date: Mon 11 Apr 2005 - 10:57:14 GMT
<Contagion movies are pretty popular in themselves.>
Movies do go in bursts and waves.
I watched 'Wrong Turn' on digital last night (Elisha Dushku getting
chased around West Virginia by inbreed hillbillies) and I've also recently
seen the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (as an aside why are they still
referring to the Amityville horror remake as a true story? Surely, given the
family admitted it was a all a big hoax means the movie is breaching trade
descriptions acts?), and saw the original 'The Hills Have Eyes' not long
ago. Wrong Turn actually cites Deliverance in its dialogue (blank stares
from the youthful cast hint at the likely lack of awareness of the target
audience of the film).
What is it with the US meme of the dangerous inbreed/mutant
cannibals who live in the woods/mountains? Why are they always white people
Moreover why is this apparently popular at the moment?
Are mountain men another way of representing the dangerous
other_inside_America (I remember studying Deliverance as a student and being
taught about it as a possible allegory of the vietnam war- natives in the
wilds terrorising the unknowing, disrespectful city folk)?
You see this is where I think memetics has merit, providing an
underlining framework for understanding trends in the stories we tell
ourselves- whether entirely fictional, pseudo-factual (like UFOs and alien
abductions), or the verging on factual like the moral panics about things
like immigration, child murder etc. Not least because these things can be
very clearly traced in their appearances in the media.
One day, maybe, I'll get around to doing a proper comparison of some
of the media studies concepts that appear to parallel memetics in many ways,
like the theory of moral panics.
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