The modern political climate being what it is, it’s easy to get worked up over literally nothing.
Take, for example, a promotional campaign for The Man in the High Castle, an Amazon Prime series about an alternate reality where Nazis rule over America. Within the show, Resistance fighters spread information through a series of radio bulletins, which decry the country’s Nazi oppressors.
Apparently, for some listeners, the specifics of these broadcasts land a little too close to home. As a promotional event for the SXSW fan expo, Amazon arranged for these broadcasts to be played in a local bar, and the result is a War of the Worlds style case wherein listeners have mistaken fiction for fact.
Eager to reject these messages – which, as a reminder, are designed to emulate World War II anti-Nazi propaganda – many listeners took to Twitter to ridicule or poke fun at the ideas expressed.
What is this Left Wing Loonie #ResistanceRadio nonesense? Are they still resisting facts like Trump is President & Crooked may go 2 prison?
— Veterans Take (@VeteransTake) March 10, 2017
— Christine Marat (@kyramarat1) March 10, 2017
— SocialCommentary (@611601717_) March 10, 2017
For those who see the irony of the situation, this is an excellent example of the power of fiction in inspiring debate and reflection.
Part of the issue here seems to be the use of the term “Resistance” among Trump’s detractors – some have unwittingly overlooked its use in other media, such as The Man in the High Castle and Star War: The Force Awakens, as well as its historic roots in World War II occupied countries such as France, and have lumped together all users of the term into one category without thought for context.
This is something that we’re all in danger of doing from time to time, and it does help to shine a light on the power of fiction in reflecting the modern issues faced by society.
Or, put another way, if you find yourself identifying with a group in any television show or movie, it’s worth asking yourself why you share their beliefs, and what you can learn about yourself from the analogy.