Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blog Entry #8


Dr. Telhami was an incredibly knowledgeable and articulate speaker and he made some extremely interesting points about the Arab Spring that were relatable to the Hunger Games series. One important point that Dr. Telhami made was that when asking people how they identified, they first identified as Muslim or Arab before associating themselves with their specific country. While I do not think that people of Panem would list themselves as part of a large community first, they did see the similarities between the oppression of all of the people in the districts which allowed them to band together and rebel against the Capitol. Another important point that was made was the fact that the Information Revolution allowed for the people of the Middle East to communicate much more effectively and allowed for a lot of the rebellions to take place. In the Hunger Games series, the communication methods are much more subtle but they rallied the districts together. For example, Katniss’ wedding dress that turned into a mockingjay dress showed the people in the district that she was their beacon of hope, which in turn helped create the spark which lit the fire of rebellion in the districts. Dr. Telhami also discussed how the people of this area would become frustrated with the regimes in control and they would work together to rebel against the government and create a system more conducive to the life they desired, even though it took them many years to do so. The question often asked is: why didn’t the districts rebel sooner? I feel as though the answer lies in a statement made by President Snow, that the only thing stronger than fear is hope. Before Katniss, and before the Information Age in the Arab world, hope was not as prevalent and people did not have a rallying point that allowed for rebellion. This is the most important similarity between the Arab Spring and the Hunger Games.

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