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In his public statements about the film, Cameron has expressed a clear intention to promote themes that are central to what I have called dark green spirituality. Soon after, in an Oprah Winfrey television special that was broadcast shortly before the Academy Awards ceremony, Cameron repeated this theme, adding, with delight, that at the climax of the film the audience had come to take the side of nature in its battle against the destructive forces of an expansionist human civilization.
Here, without using the terminology of contemporary environmental ethics, Cameron expressed an affinity for deep ecological or biocentric theories, in which nature is considered to have intrinsic value. Indeed, according to an exchange during an Entertainment Weekly interview, it appears that Cameron was even on the radical side of biocentric ethics. I consider that a positive review.
Avatar as Rorschach. The filmmaker and the film have been labeled pro-civilization and anti-civilization, pro-science and anti-science, un-American and too American, anti-Marine and pro-Marine, racist and anti-racist, anti-indigenous and pro-indigenous, woman-respecting and misogynistic, leftist and neo-conservative, progressive and reactionary, activist and self-absorbed.
And, of course, there have been religious labels: pagan, atheistic, theistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, and animistic. Observing the stunningly diverse and highly contested cognitive and emotional responses to Avatar reminded me of the famous Rorschach psychological test, in which individual reactions to ink blots shown on cards vary widely, presumably because of differences in the psychological constitution and cultural context of the test takers. Indeed, the reception has been as diverse and contentious as it has been because the audience has brought so many different historical, aesthetic, spiritual, and ideological presuppositions to the ferment.
Critics quite naturally arose to defend histories, worldviews, lifeways, ideologies, and religions that they concluded Cameron had challenged in his film, contending as well that the views promoted in Avatar were misguided, if not dangerous. Some of the strongest criticisms came from monotheists who felt that the film promoted a spiritually perilous paganism or pantheism. Some churchgoers, however, especially in the case study on the response of Canadian Christians, are much more positive about the film than these critics Haluza-Delay, Ferber, and Wiebe-Neufeld This may be surprising to those who only read the conservative critics or who do not know how plural and internally conflicted Christianity has become, with regard to both worldviews at variance with traditional doctrines and environmental concerns and spiritualities e.
The reactions of conservative political pundits held other surprises. Of course, some service members were harshly critical of the film. The film teaches us that the only choice the aborigines have is to be saved by the human beings or to be destroyed by them. Instead, he expresses a view held by some progressives and probably the majority of leftist radicals: that the film does little if anything to promote anti-capitalist action and solidarity with indigenous peoples, let alone revolutionary class consciousness.
Instead of trying to return to some supposed natural balance that hubristic humans have disturbed, he contends, we must sever our roots in nature and embrace artificiality, including by transforming nature through genetic engineering. He concludes by admiring a pile of trash and arguing that we need to love and embrace the real world, not an idealized one. Clearly, for such radicals, Prometheus lives! Some of these radicals share the criticism that the film is rooted in regressive ideas such as the supposed white saviour theme.
Anarcho-primitivists, a subset of radical environmentalists who seek to reharmonize humans with nature through a return to pre-agricultural foraging lifeways, seem to be especially receptive to the film. As Col. First, it suggests that at least some of those who have affinity with anti-authoritarian and biocentric ethics may be more likely than others to approve of Avatar. Second, AbdelRahim highlights the pernicious role that anthropologists and other scientists have played in the subjugation of indigenous peoples and their deracination from and the destruction of their habitats.
Most contemporary anthropologists, of course, understand and attempt to distance themselves from this history, including through efforts to support aboriginal peoples in their struggles against further threats to their cultures and homelands Starn ; Clifford Part of this effort includes criticism of ideas they consider to be overtly or covertly colonialist. What at least some in the anarchist tradition are doing, however, is extending their critique of authoritarianism to the exploitation and subjugation of non-human living beings, even identifying humanism and its leftist variants as part of the global problem.
This helps explain why radical environmentalists, including the anarchists among them, have for the most part found more to praise than criticize in Avatar. Evaluating the Competing Views That different individuals and groups tend to perceive things differently is, on the one hand, a dynamic to be welcomed, because differently situated people may have insights that people placed elsewhere may not.
On the other hand, it is a problematic tendency, for it is also possible for our cognitive frames to create a field of view in which other perspectives, as well as information that might disconfirm our expectations, remain out of focus.
So it worried me when I thought about what insights might gleaned, or missed, when considering the film, given the strong human tendency to see what one expects, especially when we often remain insular, segregated in our own cultural enclaves, including supposedly enlightened, academic ones.
The tendency toward Rorschach-style, quick-reaction analyses seemed to me methodologically flawed. I set out to study the film and its reception, therefore, in a collaboration with others, that was designed to examine not just the scholarly but the popular reception and impact of the film.
With this work now in mind I will now weave in my own views about Cameron, his film, and its significance.
In my view, if by misogyny we mean the hatred of women and girls , the criticism that Avatar and, by implication, Cameron is misogynist, as argued by Klassen can be quickly dismissed, for it appears to be based on weak evidence and ignores evidence to the contrary.
Cameron is properly recognized, to evidence a counter-argument, for creating powerful heroines, unlike most Hollywood directors Keegan , , A number of articles written or co-authored by indigenous scholars, however, have raised more poignant observations and criticisms. These express both appreciation for and disappointment with the film.
For evidence, they note that in Avatar, Sully prevails over Omaticaya natives in athletic events. But this observation gives me pause: why does the Sully character have to be superior to the tribals in their own sports and martial arts and with the animals they customarily use in those activities? This is only one of many examples in which critics set an impossibly high ethical bar for a filmmaker to vault.
Moreover, I think it is important to ask: Through what other means has the violent deracination of indigenous peoples by imperial forces ever been presented to a global mass public? One would think that this would draw praise, not such sharp criticism, from those who would like to raise global awareness of this long history and resistance to its continuing process. Devall, Bill The U. Environmental Movement, Riley Dunlap und Angela G.
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The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, Avatar: The information on the Na'vi people tells about their customs, culture, and how they live. There's also some pseudo-scientific explanations for the formation of Pandora and its inhabitants.
An Activist Survival Guide" is full of beautiful glossy photos and is a good companion for the movie. While I haven't seen Avatar yet, I'm more eager to after reading this book, as there are things I'll probably look for in the movie now. This seems like the perfect book for anyone who is really into Pandora and the Na'vi, or maybe someone curious about something specific, such as Na'vi mating habits.
One of my few complaints for this book is the design of the pages. If the gray of the pages were a little lighter I think the text would be easier to read. Otherwise, it feels as if a lot of time and thought went into the appearance of the book, and the visuals are very nice.
Feb 23, Andreas Ganesha rated it it was amazing Shelves: OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.
This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a OK, one might say, that I fell into a merchandising trap, when downloading this, but I openly admit, that the movie "Avatar" did touch something inside me, that goes beyond the action and effects of a typical James Cameron film.
This book is the "field guide" to the fictional world of Pandora, and despite being part of a money-making machine here on Earth, it's filled with criticism of consumerism, ecocide and the deadened feelings of the inhabitants of a dying world in this case, our own Earth in a near future. The introduction is entitled "Warning", since the book is written as being an illegal field guide, comprised of smuggled notes for possible activists wanting to change what Earth has become - or might become in the future, if we don't act now.
Here's the beginning of it, sounding eerily current and very familiar today already: In our hunger for energy - for more and more - we've devastated our planet. We're neck-deep in festering industrial muck, in a trash heap of ever-expanding waste and decay. Overpopulation, overdevelopment, nuclear terrorism, environmental warfare, radiation leaks from power plants and waste dumps, toxic runoff, air pollution, deforestation, global warming, ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity through extinction Dollar for dollar, we've bought our extinction.
An encyclopedic collection of facts about Pandora, its various flora and fauna, the Na'vi culture and the RDA technology, written from an in-universe point-of-view so there is no information on the making of the Avatar movie and set shortly before the movie events. There are a lot of images in this book, most of which seem to be concept models and sketches, only very few are movie stills.
The images are not very large or clear. There's also a Na'vi to English dictionary included at the end al An encyclopedic collection of facts about Pandora, its various flora and fauna, the Na'vi culture and the RDA technology, written from an in-universe point-of-view so there is no information on the making of the Avatar movie and set shortly before the movie events. There's also a Na'vi to English dictionary included at the end although without any notes on pronunciation or grammar, and a Na'vi translation of the phrase 'I see you' is not included either.
I also would have liked more detailed information about avatars. I'd recommend this to someone who has already seen the movie, as it will contain spoilers for those that didn't, and who is interested in learning more about the life on Pandora. Especially recommended to those who have seen only the theatrical version, as it contains some images and information on Jake's Earth.
BTW, my copy first printing of the UK paperback edition contained quite a few typos. Sep 08, Anita Rosenberg rated it it was ok.
Feb 26, Nathan rated it really liked it. I found this book to be amazing, its written like a field guide as well as a survival guide and details not only the flora, fauna, and the planet but also the RDA's equipment, as well as the Na'vi's musical instruments, garments and other things that they craft.
It contains quite a few pieces of information on things that you saw in the movie for maybe just a few seconds but describes their uses, dangers and benefits they may have to a dying earth in great detail.
The only disappointing thing i I found this book to be amazing, its written like a field guide as well as a survival guide and details not only the flora, fauna, and the planet but also the RDA's equipment, as well as the Na'vi's musical instruments, garments and other things that they craft.
The only disappointing thing i found in the book was there are a couple of things missing, such as their home tree, and some equipment the RDA uses but these are easily found on Pandorapedia If your a die hard fan. Jul 15, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: An in-depth look at the people, flora, fauna, and human existence on the moon Pandora. Avatar wasn't my favorite movie, but I did enjoy reading about the different types of animal and plant species on Pandora and their uses.
The most boring part was definitely reading about the types of weapons used by the humans on the Na'vi natives. I would have preferred not to know about any of that, but I understand it's a vital part of why the humans were on the moon to begin with.
Overall, it was a very nic An in-depth look at the people, flora, fauna, and human existence on the moon Pandora. Overall, it was a very nice, fast read. Sep 07, Andrew rated it really liked it. It also explains the technology that humans used to survive and move around on the land of Pandora.
The last thing it explores the many animals that live there. I recommend this book to that liked the movie and want to learn about Pandora and what lives on it.
Jan 09, Joshua rated it liked it. I was extremely impressed with the film; not just the visual beauty and the technology behind it but also the fascinating world which was created by James Cameron. This book will satisfy my curiosity about Pandora, its flora and fauna and the Na'vi.
Still, it's one of those books which is to be read in short bursts while taking one's "ease. Jan 16, Melissa Bond rated it it was ok. Really not for adults, nor for just someone who enjoyed the movie.
James Cameron's Avatar: An Activist Survival Guide
This is for either die hard fans or young adults, in my opinion. The repetitive writing, great deal of focus on weapons and machinery, along with the fantasy put into the whole thing really ends up being quite boring. In the end, frankly one learns less about the Navi and more about the boring elements from the film.
Sep 11, Robin Gane-McCalla rated it it was amazing. This book expands upon Avatar. Unlike some other Science Fiction, all of the details in this book conform to modern scientific theories. It's amazing how much thought went into it, it is written like an ecological tour book for a real place with real scientific explanations for phenomena in an imaginary world.
Jan 02, Rosie rated it it was amazing. A fantastic but quite hard to find companion to the beautiful blockbuster by James Cameron.
An amazingly detailed book that can be easily read cover-to-cover or as a flick through guide to the beautiful but deadly Pandora. With colourful pictures and in-depth descriptions this brilliant book is a must for all Avatar fans.Media type. These express both appreciation for and disappointment with the film.
And the composition is sloppy in general: You are stupid … ignorant like a child. One should recall that the cinematic technologies which made Avatar possible, in the first place for example, the motion-capture techniques which map computer-generated images onto the recorded movement patterns of live actors , cannot properly be described as instances of pure virtuality.
Shelves: making-movies , nonfiction This book was incredibly poor.
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Only now, after his own source of light has been extinguished, does Jake see the jungle in all its bioluminescent splendour: every leaf and flower is glowing in neon colours.
Friend Reviews. For this reason I really look forward to Stephen Baxter's forthcoming "The Science of Avatar", which will hopefully explore things in a much more professional manner.
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