TOR Radio: The Truth Behind The Walking Dead, Liberty vs. Authority in Pop Culture with Dr. Paul Cantor

Traces of Reality
October 29, 2013

 

Episode 79: Liberty vs. Authority in Pop Culture with Dr. Paul Cantor

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Guest: Dr. Paul Cantor

walking dead libertarian tv television showOn this edition of Traces of Reality Radio: Guillermo is joined by Professor of English at the University of Virginia and author of the book The Invisible Hand in Pop Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV, Dr. Paul Cantor.

Guillermo and Paul discuss current trends in pop culture, including the proliferation of apocalyptic “end of the world” narratives (zombies, alien invasion, environmental disaster, etc.), and stories involving the destruction of central authority (i.e. the federal government) and the resurgence of the individual.

We explore these themes within popular films and television programs, such as World War Z, The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Fringe, Falling Skies, South Park, and much more.