Geek Fandoms by Politics?

Geek fandoms by Politics? Sherlock: Unbeliever

Sherlock: Unbeliever. Photo of Benedict Cumberbatch filming Sherlock in London, by Fat Les, edited by RanZag via Wikimedia. Unchanged, license: CC-BY-2.0




 
Do different geek fandoms appeal to different political types?

As the UK Election results come in, it's got me thinking: who votes which way and why?

Of course fandoms can belong to anyone, whatever their politics. After all, whatever my views, I like all these shows!

And looking at 'Political Compass', the biggest parties aren't even that far apart: see the UK 2015 Election and US 2012 Election here.

But off the top of my head, here are my hunches for how some fandoms might skew. I'd love to hear what you think about this:

 

Alien movie series:

The Alien movies feature the ultimate sociopathic corporation, evil biological weapons and a distrust of the military, while celebrating the 'common' soldier. I'm calling this series for the left wing.

Geek Fandoms by Politics - Alien: Crew Expendable. Workers Unite?

Crew Expendable. See? Exploiting the Proletarians again: a typical class struggle 😉
Image via Alien Anthology Wiki




 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer:

With a kick-ass female hero, single mother, nerdy NPR listener type librarian, techno-pagan teacher, 'good' demons, a lesbian best friend and a public high school setting, this series screams 'socially liberal' to me.

 

Doctor Who:

This one is a mixture!
 


Classic Doctor Who: Genesis of The Daleks (Amazon UK) Clip via the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel

 
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Back to School: Hogwarts and Herbology

Back to School: The legendary Hogwarts Acceptance Letter...

The legendary Hogwarts Acceptance Letter...

My son is starting middle school!

It's a big step for a little boy, and I'm just gutted by how much it isn't like Hogwarts (or even primary school).

With its featureless, industrial buildings and long, empty white corridors, it could almost be an early Dr Who set. It just needs lockers full of Cybermen, or a Dalek appearing round the corners.

But I'm getting distracted. I'd much rather pretend he's going to Hogwarts this 'back to school' week.

Sadly, having seen the films, he's not that interested in the books, and that's fairly typical, making the Language Arts teacher his personal nemesis already (Defence Against the Dark Arts, see!).

Lego Hermione to the Rescue!

Magical powers aside though, he's more of a Harry Potter type than I was. I was always more like Hermione, in the book smart / annoy people sort of way.

So, how can the end of summer and 'back to school' week inspire us into fitness?

As Hermione saved the day with Herbology, it's Back to Hogwarts with Herbology this week.

I've been collecting every weight loss herb, slimming tea, metabolism boosting or energising plant product I've found on clearance or markdown for weeks, and I have a good stash of plants for weight loss to get me through this week.

I'll also be walking him to school and back, with the aim of clocking at least five miles on my pedometer every day.

This week's challenges:

  • Build walking into the daily commute
  • Try out some herbal slimming teas, energy / metabolism boosting or otherwise weight loss enabling plant products.
  • Watch or read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's / Sorcerer's Stone

And Good Luck to all with school!

Click to find out how my Back to Hogwarts / Herbology week went here...
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