Progress: Did Dolores Umbridge Get it Right?

In A Short History of Progress, Wright (2005) describes that repeatedly throughout history; societies have sought progress only to collapse as a result of unsustainable goals. In the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Professor Umbridge states: “…for without progress there will be stagnation and decay. There again, progress for progress’s sake must be discouraged, for our tried and tested traditions often require no tinkering. A balance, then, between old and new, between permanence and change, between tradition and innovation because some changes will be for the [Read More]

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American Ideological Narrative: A Graphic Model

The myth narrative that informs American society is “the American Dream.”  The Dream is essentially a belief that the United States of America is caste free and therefore anyone and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.  There is an emphasis that this success can be achieved independently through hard work and that success is in the form of material goods, landownership and social status.  The “rags to riches” theme is reiterated often in popular culture from Cinderella to the recent film Pursuit of Happyness.  The desire to achieve the Dream [Read More]

Surviving Progress: a film inspired by Ronald Wright's A Short History of Progress

Surviving Progress, a film by Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, is inspired by Ronald Wright’s book A Short History of Progress. As mentioned by other members of this blog, our Ecological Anthropology class read Wright’s book earlier this year. This film covers the same basic framework that Wright’s book does, but also expands on it and approaches the issue at hand from numerous perspectives. Essentially, like Wright’s book, this film deals with the ever-pressing issue surrounding the need for a global system change. Everyday, the world becomes more and more [Read More]