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Revenge of the Monoculture

Star Wars Disney“We’re all nerds now,” The New York Times declared last year — just as New York Magazine did in 2005, and The Guardian before it in 2003. The story of the continued mainstreaming of nerd culture (or perhaps less pejoratively, geek culture) is so compelling, remakes are often in order; it’s a franchise whose protagonists, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, altered our world forever with blockbuster films where outsiders triumph.

The story’s slant can change: either these directors are Human Torches who have blazed a trail for the talented likes of Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, or they’re world-dominating villains who have condemned all of Hollywood to follow in their footsteps. Regardless, in 2015, supernumerary superheroes and science-fiction sequels will be legion — from Mad Max: Fury Road to Avengers: Age of Ultron, from Furious 7 to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, — and, bringing numbers and colons together at last, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part II. And even if films are no longer the dominant cultural medium, these will beget television series, video games, books, apps and maybe the odd musical.

— Story continues at The National Post

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