A rant about seriousness in pop culture, Simon Pegg, and moral complexity

“emotionally and morally complex stories make emotionally and morally complex people”

The Stake

simon-pegg-star-trekIn an interview with Radio Times, Simon Pegg said that we culture consumers are being rendered unserious:

Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes. Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously.

It is a kind of dumbing down, in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or moral questions that might make you walk away and re-evaluate how you felt about … whatever.

The nuances of Pegg’s argument go beyond the above quote, and his clarifying remarks add further to his point (be sure to read them). But the crux is really this: culture is being dumbed-down by our celebration of superheroes, spectacle, comic-books and all the unserious things that define our current pop culture landscape.

That’s the argument. Is he correct? Or being a condescending ass?

Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies…

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