Was Hunger Games type media political propaganda and brainwashing?

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Spunt

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"Mary Sue rebels against tyranny and smashes the system" is just a very effective (if tired) trope that gets you on the protagonist's side and it's been a theme, especially in film (where the limited time to tell a story encourages cliches, stock characters and "tell don't show" to get to the plot as fast as possible) since pretty much forever.

If the Hunger Games is propaganda, then so are Flash Gordon, the Running Man, the original Star Wars trilogy, almost every Roald Dahl book, Spartacus and Robin Hood.
 

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"Mary Sue rebels against tyranny and smashes the system" is just a very effective (if tired) trope that gets you on the protagonist's side and it's been a theme, especially in film (where the limited time to tell a story encourages cliches, stock characters and "tell don't show" to get to the plot as fast as possible) since pretty much forever.

If the Hunger Games is propaganda, then so are Flash Gordon, the Running Man, the original Star Wars trilogy, almost every Roald Dahl book, Spartacus and Robin Hood.
Robin Hood is furry propaganda.
 

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I'm only about an hour into about half watching the first movie on rifftrax, and ... I honestly don't hate it.
It's not an og a-list dystopian future but it's a decent enough flex on pop idol shit vs shithole life and stuff
I can't see this supporting a dozen books or whatever but the basic concept isn't _that_ bad
edit for a half hour or so more into and paying slightly more attention yeah nah this is shit for losers
 
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Isn't OPs argument basically a variation on the ol' Jack Thompson "Grand Theft Auto is turning kids into criminals" schtick?
 

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One thing I do like somewhat, is how the Capital elite wear degenerate clothes, and have ridiculous hair styles. They look like drag queens and the most faggoty of trannies. Also they are so decadent that at parties they’ll take some sort of drug(I think) that makes them vomit so they can keep eating.

This outrageous decadence is sustained by the impoverishment of the districts backed by “peacekeepers”.

In some ways, you might argue the hunger games is more reactionary than it appears with the girl boss protagonist.
 

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Yes, I guess, but dont ask me what it was about, Japanese politics is strange and it could have been propaganda for pretty much everything.
Its still a good movie and a must watch for fans of japanese Movies. the american remake is just retarded.