This book has made quite the splash over the past several years, and has even heavily influenced the ideology of some Christians when discussing societal issues. But is it the kind of influence we want?
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” – Isaiah 5:20
There’s something about our American mindset that makes us expect corruption to come from authority members. If some evil exists, it must come from the government, federal agents, or executive CEOs. If it comes from within, it must be the elders of the church or the boss in the office. We never think to look within. We never think that it might be us, the individual members of society, who are contributing to and creating the evil. That it’s those that walk beside us day in and day out who are creating the evils of society. That’s the difference between 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.
It’s unavoidable. The dreaded comparison. Whenever a new Doctor comes to town, he must be compared to the generations before him. Every time I hear someone talk about how they don’t like Matt Smith (which is, admittedly somewhat rare), it’s always about how he’s childish or annoying compared to David Tennant. People who don’t like any of the new Doctors seem to always compare them to Tom Baker. But I’m not going to take part in the comparison game, and here’s why.
After several years with the Doctor, it’s really hard to make him feel new, especially once a new regeneration of him has been around for a few episodes. That’s one of the many reasons Blink is so impressive. It feels like you’re being introduced to him all over again.
I remember thinking back when I first started watching Doctor Who, “What was this show like back when it first started?” Luckily, thanks to Amazon, I got my hands on the very first serial, so I can tell you exactly what it was like.
I’ve been wanting to do a review of Doctor Who for quite a while. Ever since I started this blog over a year ago, really. But that presents a problem: how do you review a show that has been around for fifty years (thirty-four, if you account for the gap between the old and new shows), which has had numerous different styles and storytellers?
You try, and you make it an overview.