Originally published 12/21/2015
George Lucas is identified with the California Bay Area counterculture. But Star Wars may actually reflect a different important influence.
Originally published 12/15/2015
It’s thanks to innovations in children’s literature in the 19th century.
Originally published 08/14/2013
Credit: Wiki Commons.Originally posted in two parts on TomDispatch.com 1. The First Coming of G.I. JoeIt was 1964, and in Vietnam thousands of American “advisers” were already offering up their know-how from helicopter seats or gun sights. The United States was just a year short of sending its first large contingent of ground troops there, adolescents who would enter the battle zone dreaming of John Wayne and thinking of enemy-controlled territory as “Indian country.” Meanwhile, in that inaugural year of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, a new generation of children began to experience the American war story via the most popular toy warrior ever created.
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