Patriotism and Pop Culture: Captain America and More

I’m still on my post-Comic Con #SDCC #Con high. What a great convention. On the last day, I skipped out for a few hours and went to Horton Plaza to catch “Captain America.” Wow, did I get my annual dose of rah, rah, sisboom, bah, America kicks ass injection! And, all festooned in red, white and blue.

Now, I like most people understand that Nazis are bad, evil and cruel. So, having Captain America fight against them or an evil related enemy is a no brainer. What I am thinking about is all the focus on the US, war or American patriotism in the movie, but also on display at some booths at the Con. It was pervasive if you looked for it.

This is more than seeing the red, white and blue on the shield, uniform, and bunting. But, also the notion of the US being best. We save the rest. And, all of you non-Americans need to remember this. This paragraph is dripping with sarcasm–in case it wasn’t obvious.

I’m also thinking of the spate of booths set up with an American motif or the comics with the storyline that also focus on militarism, violence and good old Americana that include a certain type of American Values. I’m ruminating about the Con and more blog posts to come.