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  •  I'm not about to 'write off' good stories (1+ / 0-)
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    based on people's politics.

    For those that want to do that to themselves, they're free to limit themselves as they choose.

    It's their loss.

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 12:48:03 PM PDT

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    •  Dead or alive? (3+ / 0-)
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      I think there might be some legit split on political-themed boycotts: your purpose can be trying to drive an author out of the canon because of his or her politics, or you could be trying to sway a prominent and influential person to reconsider hateful opinions.  Or, a third option, you could be simply trying to keep your money away from a jerk.

      H.P. Lovecraft, say, was a bitter racist.  Horrible.  One of the worst out there.  But dude's dead.  You can't sway him with a boycott, but nor need you worry that he'll be sending your hard-earned dollars to Stormfront.

      Card is alive, and, therefore, might rethink some things, when people boycott him.  But he might also take whatever money he gets from the movie and give it to NOM.  That's where a boycott makes some sense.  You could win on two points.

      It's the first option that I think you're reacting to: personal politics of an author used to drive him out of the public sphere, with no other parts.

      •  One wonders if everyone filters everything they (1+ / 0-)
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        read, or watch through the same political filter. The obvious answer would be no.

        Shall I repent for buying that Blu-ray of Strikeback or Firefly, or the Nolan Batman Trilogy?.

        Surely someone will benefit who had a hand in making those things disagrees with me politically and might do something with the money I spent with which I disagree.

        Sounds like a tired way to begin to enjoy books, television, movies, or even music.

        Dead or Alive? Does not matter. The thought of that much filtering for the things I enjoy 'spins me right round'...

        Dead or Alive is/was also, of course, a band and I could not care any less about their political leanings either.

        You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby right round round round...

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 01:26:13 PM PDT

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    •  ? L. Ron Hubbard, then? (3+ / 0-)
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      /speaking of drivel AND faux religion

      Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
      I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
      —Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 01:32:15 PM PDT

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      •  L. Ron Hubbard is not a favorite of mine. (0+ / 0-)

        I never read the scientology crap. No thanks.

        I tried a few of his books back in the day, and then put them down and moved on to something that appealed.  I didn't know about his politics or religion when I was a teenager, but even with what I know now, if there was a story I liked, I would enjoy it and not dismiss it just because his beliefs and politics differed from mine.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 01:42:00 PM PDT

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      •  A book suggestion from 2007 (0+ / 0-)

        The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont.

        The characters in the novel are Walter Gibson (creator of the Shadow), Lester Dent (creator of Doc Savage) and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. It also has H.P. Lovecraft in a minor part.

        It is total fiction with some history thrown in.

    •  I have enjoyed Heinlein and Niven, despite (1+ / 0-)
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      their reactionary politics. But I found "Ender's Game" underwhelming and to this day cannot see why such fuss has been made over it. I'll skip the movie, too; it looks bloated and pompous.

      •  I would love to see Footfall made into a movie! (0+ / 0-)

        Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

      •  I was young when I read it. I still enjoy it now. (0+ / 0-)

        Even though it was rushing headlong to the end of the book and I could see where things had to go, I still enjoyed it.

        Skip wat you like. The trailer(s) rock and the battle room images are beautiful.

        -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

        by Vayle on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:16:22 PM PDT

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