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In Bangkok, Thailand, students are being arrested for raising their hands in the air to flash Katniss’ three–finger “freedom” salute.

That’s right, the Katniss who’s the fictional heroine of the popular dystopian sci–fi “Hunger Games” movie series. The world has changed over the last few decades in a very big way, but some are apparently unaware of it or undisturbed by the stunning ramifications.

Advanced surveillance technology is endangering not only personal privacy, but also any possibility of political organizing being kept secret from government power. So even the most democratic nations are now faced with Big Brother seeing, hearing, and knowing everything. Drones and other military tech advances have meant a reconceptualization of warfare making resistance by those who have taken stands against their governments or ruling forces a difficult undertaking. Potential political leaders can be snuffed by drone strikes before anyone knows their names. Governments snooping on text messages can stop demonstrations before they happen. Still, the need to protest remains, leading us to ask—what form is left to us?

We still have the movies.

Putting on a Guy Fawkes mask or raising the “Katniss salute” are now actual political statements.

What many see as the planet’s politically leaderless void is now being filled by our movie hero champions. Fictional movie characters are delivering those heartfelt speeches about freedom and love of humanity that move us and inspire us, while the words of our actual political leaders, for many, continue to evoke only vague hopes of a better tomorrow. There may be a breath of hope in this—but the sword of movie propaganda cuts both ways. Movies are entertainments produced by corporations for profit. “Politically correct” messages are usually imparted only accidentally. The politics of “Katniss” will be determined at the box office by what her fans are willing to hear. Let’s hope her fans demand the studio not attempt to “soften” of her character so she can remain the female “Spartacus”—a Roman slave who lead an infamous revolt and a very cool movie.

The words of movie heroes are now igniting real passion in the hearts of people in Thailand, moving them to take a symbolic action: raising three fingers into the air. If this goes against government wishes and leads to arrests being made then these protesters will go to jail for referencing a fictional story from a movie.

In China, the premiere of Mockingjay, Part 1 has been delayed. A movie about a rebellion to overthrow a fictional oppressive government is quashed by a government perhaps fearful of the example Katniss and her comrades might put into the heads of audiences in China. But in a familiar pattern of banning content, China potentially makes the movie (which millions will see anyway on illegal downloads) all that more powerful as a symbolic torch for freedom.

Popular culture seems to have created a worldwide narrative of “freedom,” though it’s still as vague and hazy as the fictional sources it’s being extracted from to find its final shape. At the end of the day Katniss is a fictional character living in a fabricated world conceived of by her creator Suzanne Collins.

She is not taking real action, not facing consequences for marching in the streets, she may be the spark that lights the kindling—but the kindling has to be there to light. The heart of revolution lies in the people. Fictional characters don’t create social change, people do.

Your Thoughts

  1. Have you seen the Katniss three finger salute used by people at your work, at your school or in the streets? Do you have a clear sense of its meaning?

  2. What fictional story, character or role has inspired you to political action in your own community?

  3. As an artist, have you used symbolic images to substitute for grand ideas such as freedom or social equality on the one hand or repression and fundamentalism on the other?

That’s right, the Katniss who’s the fictional heroine of the popular dystopian sci–fi “Hunger Games” movie series. The world has changed over the last few decades in a very big way, but some are apparently unaware of it or undisturbed by the stunning ramifications.

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KatnissPig Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018
She rocks this world!!
chinchongcha Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
The epilogue from Thailand.
Nothing changed from this protest.
Gaining freedom by only show the sign from the popular movie is just a fashion.
The trending is vanished like nothing happen.
omzig89 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I have a sense of its meaning in the story. The feeling that the hand gesture symbolizes and how that evolves is told well in the series. In an anthropology/sociology view, it is a means of organizing groups: a kind of "gang sign" (for a noble cause).

2. The story behind Tamil moves like Indian, Citizen, Thamizhan, Anbe Sivam, etc. made an impression on me as a kid that civilization is a really difficult (magnificent) thing to build and society has a huge cost of effort in upkeep. India is not far long in Independence, so we're particularly nationalistic in trying to hold together our diverse, billion+ people, retain heritage while keeping up with the times, and develop stability to endure the coming ages.

curiosityid Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
When I was in the theater watching Mockingjay, the scene that moved me the most was when Katniss was in the hospital, seeing the wounded there. When the people all around her gave her the three finger salute, I saw in the row directly in front of me about six kids saluting as well. Now, the salute means so much more to me than before. At one point, it was just a fandom reference. Now it is a political statement. I'm not afraid to use it. It means freedom.
Snarrk Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. It was only a joke, but it may have been circulating camp leatherneck for about a week after a small incident the marines didn't like...
2. Les Miserables-Viktor Hugo. Not entirely fiction, but a powerful story that inspires on several points in politics, amongst other things. Made a good musical too ;)
3. The Cake is a Lie. (graffiti OP)
DieHardMusicMan9125 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
fire is catching... it has already begun!
Odikay Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I strongly recommened the audio book if you want to escape to this iconic and energizing world! It was an experience I will never forget!
MariaXD1792 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she changed my life too!!! she is like my idol!!!!!!!!!!!
drawingshadows Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing pictures.
good drawings. 
but i dont like the books or movies sorry. 
i dont DO dystopian fiction. 
StormleafofRiverClan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
these pictures are awesome
TheAngelsWrathSaga Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Robert Sheckley aught to sue for intellectual plagiarism.
Winter-Daughter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Student
This drawings are so beautiful! Just like the movie!
Legonie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like, that they use the actual scout salut as sign of peace :) it´s awsome, that people are inspired trough the movies to stand up!
HeyItzJenine Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have seen a lot of people at my school use the three finger salute to represent the movie and I have draw many social equality related things, but haven't published them. I sketch them whenever I'm angry at the government or the world :P I use the rainbow for gay rights and a gun for violence related things.
OllyHymnia Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm a social justice blogger, and the Hunger Games trilogy - among other recent works - has very clear and direct correlation to current world events, and certainly has inspired some of my work, from a journalistic standpoint as well as a creative one. I do not consider myself a political ideologist as much as I do an advocate for the ending of oppression, poverty, racism, violence, sexism, colonialist attitudes, and war, although fighting against these things has as much to do with politics as ideology - after all, one can't really effect change in a problematic political system that permits these things without participating in political process. 

From my Facebook yesterday (I was in the midst of watching the film adaptation of Catching Fire before going to see Mockingjay this week):

"I am in the midst of watching Catching Fire...It cuts me to see how much this film and its mother text have in common with what is happening right now - in Ferguson, in Hong Kong, in Mexico, and other places around the world where people are being oppressed and punished not only for fighting back, but simply for not supporting their oppressors enough.

"Bonus points: too many citizens are also watching those fighting back be murdered for fun."

The Mockingjay salute has come to represent - at least to me - a sign of solidarity and strength in standing against oppression and violence. I think that this is a fairly common perception of it, although certainly it means different things to different people. I have seen this salute used, and I myself have used it. Sometimes the simplest gestures can be the most powerful. 

ArcV09 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Everyone knows that books are created for a purpose, each one, wether it is textbook, or a biography, or Divergent and Hunger Games. Books of fiction are entertainment and a love of the world. Who knew this would happen only because of the rebellion Katniss caused after attempting to commit suicide with Peeta. Suzanne let's hope we don't find you on the news tommorow talking about the book.
catherine91011 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I've got the clear sense of its meaning, and yes, I have seen people using this sign - not much but there were some of them.
2. I don't like politics, just as someone here said, and even if I don't agree with what the politics are doing, for as long as it doesn't hurt people I suppose I would stay out of it.
3. I did, and I like doing this. It's the easiest way to express what I want to express.
ps.: Thank you SO much for adding my work here <3
ps2.:I'm soooo sorry for my english -.- ;_;
jabberwockymissi Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Your English is great! :)
rezberri Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These paintings are just, amazing *_*
Horseprincess123 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
LOVE THG!!!!!!!!!
haloedmoon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
perhaps seen as a kind of protest, but the sunflower movement went a bit overboard though in my opinion. occupying the legislative chamber and wrecking everything? not acceptable.
CrocodileLove Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. I saw it when I watched Catching Fire on the cinema. When it finished, small groups starting making the salute and omg it was awesome. It means support without a violence meaning.
2. I don't like politics, so I try to stay out of those things.
3. I don't remember if I used those ideas, but I've used symbolic images several times, and it's a way I truly love to express complicated ideas.

Btw, amazing artworks~!
PoppingBubble Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. No, but I've heard of it
2. Jake Sully (James Camerons 'Avatar').  After the movie, amongst other things,  I wanted to start to do volunteer enviroment and wildlife conservation working in problem areas across the world.
3. No, but I have some Ideas.
catastrophey Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1) Nope, never. Most of the people here just treat as a fictional symbol that doesn't have a real meaning since it is, very much from a fictional trilogy. I do get what it means though but only from the writer's point of view. What if it is something else in an actual situation..?

2) hmm...'Kite Runner' most probably. It did have an effect on me, knowing that it was based n something realistic. It really made me open my eyes and realize that Afghanistan's future is going to be much worse than its current situation if something is not done about it soon enough.

3) Maybe..Sometimes, an artist does do that without even realising it. 
kikipic Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
DarkBlueLeo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO AWESOME! THX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
ZeldaOfArel Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
1. Never seen it used, but there are a lot of protests going on in my country these days, so it could happen. I know what it means. It means support, standing up against those in power in a non-violent manner, and I also get the sense that it also means remember the other times when the sign was raised.

2. I try to stay out of politics. I don't agree with a lot of what is going on in my country, but I'm not brave enough to do something about it, I'm also not sure that any of the parties that are big now I could agree with. They all do something I'm against, and some things that I'm for. So I don't feel comfortable protesting. What I do try to do is communicate ideas to the people around me, and hope it can have a ripple effect.
Someone who inspires me in my everyday life is the Doctor. I often think of "never give up, never give in".

3. So far in my writing I haven't used symbolism.

On The Hunger Games itself. The books themselves are okay as far as writing. I didn't feel that they were special, and generally the first person present tense annoys me. Most of the books that I've read were in third person past tense, and that is what I'm most generally comfortable with.
The content saved it for me. I just wanted to know what was going to happen. What I liked about Katniss was her realism. She wasn't one of those people who just fearlessly goes through tough times and at the end everything is okay. The emotional and psychological portrayal was very good. The description of PTSD. Everyone was effected by the events. I also thought the ending was a very good dystopian ending. 
The first movie did suck in many ways. The shaky camera thing was terrible. I did like the use of colour there though.
The second movie was great. I came out of the theatre excited.
deepvision Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
1. No.

2. None.

3. No.

And, four, while I'm here, I feel that the horror of the future fast rushing up on us is not that totalitarians of some stripe will make of us slaves, but that most humans will be rendered extraneous by technological advance. For the consequences of that, you may refer to the histories of Russia and Germany in the early-to-mid twentieth century.
croicroga Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
>but that most humans will be rendered extraneous by technological advance. For the consequences of that, you may refer to the histories of Russia and Germany in the early-to-mid twentieth century.

what's that supposed to mean?
deepvision Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
In Nazi Germany, Jews were classified as 'excess war materiel' and shipped off to extermination camps, where between 4.5 and 6 million of them died (these camps claimed an estimated 18 million lives, including more than one million Germans). In the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, in order to obtain foreign exchange to power the forced industrialization of Russia and to 'break the back of the peasantry', simply confiscated and sold the harvests of the Ukraine on the international markets, killing between five and ten million via starvation. 

These people were counted unnecessary, and simply gotten rid of by what William Styron, in his novel 'Sophie's Choice', described as 'specialized slave states'.

Science fiction dystopias always amuse me by positing advanced technologies alongside pharaonic labor. If you research the modern advance of automation, including the development of artificial intelligence, you'll find that the worlds confected by the authors of 'The Hunger Games' and, say, 'Elysium' are quite impossible, and indeed, too gentle in respect to the consequences that such technological innovation would almost certainly create (i.e. most humans being rendered unemployable through no fault of their own).

Protests indeed. You might see some worthy of epic movies within a decade or so.

croicroga Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
oh god, so THIS is kind of bullshit you've been taught at school these days? i'm speechless - "Simply confiscated and sold the harvests of the Ukraine on the international markets, killing between five and ten million via starvation". This is a complete piece bullshit. 
- no one confiscated anything from Ukraine, the grain was gathered across all the USSR
- people died across all the USSR too
- it happened because Stalin had to buy heavy machinery from England and other Western countries, it was used for industrialisation in preparation for second World War, which was looming back upon us even then
- the grain was sold because Western countries REFUSED TO ACCEPT OTHER MEANS OF PAYMENTS. They accepted either gold or grain. Which USSR had to pay or get lost. 
My grand-grandfather died of hunger during the period, my grandmother being a small kid was watching him withering, she still remembers it vividly. It happened because fucking Cherchill was such an asshole, but now they teach their kids that Stalin ate people alive, how nice for them
deepvision Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
The reference used for the Stalinist policies and actions I've mentioned was 'Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar' (2005) by Simon Sebag-Montefiore, a British historian who writes about Russian history and has extensively researched his work using Russian archives available to him after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Now, think about this:

If you're right, then Stalin's crimes against humanity in Russia are even more enormous than what I've cited, as they involved calculated policies of state which systematically starved people to death across all of Russia, not just one area (Ukraine).

If you're right, than Stalin saw war as a possibility in 1930, three years before Hitler was appointed Chancellor, and nine years before he signed the nonaggression pact with Germany. No one can know the mind of someone else, but a responsible view of his actions would be to view Stalin as a potential source of that war, not someone merely afraid of it.

So, to the contrary, my references to Stalin are comparatively generous, while your protests point more greatly someone who 'ate children'.

And while we're at this, what would you do with a country that had repudiated all her debts after a revolution? Just hand over the goods and trust? If Churchill -- a Nobel laureate by the way -- was involved in that decision (he became Prime Minister in 1940, but had a long political career), can you really fault him for being responsible to the British people, instead of indulgent to a revolution he opposed?

Really, now, who's 'bullshitting' who?
croicroga Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
Boy, are you one sick schtick.
Fucking Brits were refusing to sell for gold heavy machinery required for USSR factories refurbishment prior to the WWII, they were only accepting grain instead of gold or roubles, and of course USSR sold grain, and then a drought happened unexpectedly, and the grain became in shortage. Ever heard of that story? Essentially the Brits were the ones who engineered the whole situation, and now suddenly of all people they became such a great experts on Russia history? Of course they are, who'd better know another country's story than some great British expert, "bullshitting the world since 1889"? Who the fuck has a brain the size of a penny, to believe this bullshit you're spouting? Oh, wait, the current citizens of those countries who are about to happily accept another Nazi state - the current remains of Ukraine - into their midst. Of course Stalin was bad. Much worse than Hitler, actually, USSR was so much worse than Nazi Germany - which probably wasn't that bad to begin with, a civilized state that didn't starve it's citizens, right? I would be very surprised to see Western education point towards anything else than this, but the hypocricy is still shocking.
deepvision Featured By Owner May 11, 2015

“Fucking Brits were refusing to sell for gold heavy machinery required for USSR factories refurbishment prior to the WWII,”

*sigh*... Did you even bother to read my response to you? World War II was on nobody’s radar in 1930, with the world sinking into the depression which started in 1929, and Germany, slowly recovering from her defeat in World War I and the French project of dismembering her, still, in the main, a gutted wreck.

Additionally, your post, cited above, contradicts your earlier post in response to me. Here, you’re asserting, in contravention to yourself, that even gold was insufficient to effect the industrial purchases Stalin desired. 

“Essentially the Brits were the ones who engineered the whole situation, and now suddenly of all people they became such a great experts on Russia history?”

Let’s assume that the first part of this statement is true. Now let me ask you this: What kind of epic irresponsibility would have a national leader trading away the essential foodstuffs of his nation to fulfill his ambitions? Even if the Brits deliberately tried to engineer a Russian famine (which I don’t think is true), they couldn’t have done so without the lunatic decision required of Stalin, so Stalin still stands indicted for the Ukrainian famine.

As to the latter part of this statement, I’m not asserting that the British are experts on Russian history, but that one Briton, Mr. Montefiore, used declassified Soviet archives to write a history of Stalin and his era.

“Of course they are, who'd better know another country's story than some great British expert, "bullshitting the world since 1889"?”

Again, so who is this expert you refer to? The one I’ve cited (Montefiore), was born on June 27, 1965.

“Oh, wait, the current citizens of those countries who are about to happily accept another Nazi state - the current remains of Ukraine - into their midst.”

You’re kidding, right? If not, what is your reasoning and/or evidence for this characterization?

Of course Stalin was bad. Much worse than Hitler, actually, USSR was so much worse than Nazi Germany - which probably wasn't that bad to begin with, a civilized state that didn't starve it's citizens, right?”

No, Nazi Germany didn’t starve it’s citizens to death. It worked them to exhaustion for 90 days, first, then gassed them, then incinerated them. As I’ve asserted, above, roughly one million Germans, as well as as many as six million Jews, and three-and-a-half million Soviet prisoners of war, among others, died in those camps. 

What makes the Nazis so horrific to the historic imagination, however, I think, is that the Nazi state was stopped in it’s tracks, ripped to shreds, and it’s enormous crimes documented in high detail. Now, if you want such detail about the Stalinist era, and distrust/hate the British, may I suggest a good Russian? How about Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn? The arrest of 25% of the population of Leningrad in ’37? A gulag camp north of the arctic circle devoted entirely to the detention of children? The systematic use of torture against Soviet citizens which would have been unthinkable in the time of Catherine the Great? Its all there, in three volumes in ‘The Gulag Archipelago’, and Mr. Solzhenitsyn - a nobel laureate - should know. He was one of the inmates.

If you want to exonerate your nation from an uncomfortable past, well, I suppose, that’s just human nature. But know this: No great people can look back upon an unblemished past, and the assertion that ‘those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ comes too short: for if you do not see within yourself the potential for what you remember, than you will sooner or later repeat the same crimes by different means, if not in degree, than certainly in principle. Such is true of both individuals and nations.

Caged1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
One of the worst movies I ever seen: bad photography (annoying jerky hand-held camera fight scenes...oooh look we're so ARTY), bad costumes (who designed them, 1st year fashion "designers"?), bad sets (with all that money they couldn't do better?), mediocre acting (there are starving actors worldwide who'd die for a chance at proving they're better, and are), bad premise (unoriginal), bad fight scenes (couldn't they afford a fight choreographer?), bad production, bad script-writing.

Its another "Harry Potter"-hyped production aimed at teenagers and like Harry Potter kids (and those who're not over their teenage angst) worldwide seem to have fallen for it, hook, line and sinker.

The Maze and Divergent and other Young Adult Dystopian fiction are equally badly produced and shallow, and are an unfortunate affliction upon the world of science fiction/dystopian fiction in general. I despair for the future of the genres if this what the world has to offer now and for the future.

To those of you who're enamored by the "political ideals" of this laughably shallow movie:
You want "revolution?" Please, do us all a favour and grow up. Move out of your bedroom at home where your parents shelter you and you're able to eat junk food and pursue your artistic hobbies and enjoy a life largely free of troubles and responsibility, get over your teenage angst, stop seeing injustice and reasons for "revolution" where there are none and DO something positive in the world like getting a job, a job that puts your money where your mouth is and benefits humanity.

If you want meaningful and brilliant dystopian fiction on the other hand, watch Blade Runner and masterfully-crafted anime dystopian pieces such as Akira and Metropolis and stop supporting and promoting junk like Hunger Games.
Your lives will be so much the better, and so will our beleaguered world.
FlashyFashionFraud Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm very flattered to have my photo featured here, though I wish I had been notified of this :)

The Hunger Games has been very influential and reminds everyone you don't have to settle for less. The salute for me, as shown in my photo, is a sign of respect (just like in the movies and books) but I can't flash it without it reminding me of Ajay, my friend who passed away and everyone in my photo flashed the sign at his memorial days after his passing. 
ArcV09 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Wow that must really mean a lot, I hope you'll continue making lots of amazing pictures, and May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor.
FlashyFashionFraud Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you :)
ArcV09 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Your WelcomeDance! 
FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I rather fear, that 'the hunger games' were/are being produced under strict surveillance of CIA&assorted 'intelligence' services ... try a movie/video game/song/whatever instigating people to MAKE REVOLUTION IN USA against that scundrel regime of banksters... d'you think it ever would be featured and broadcasted ? :)))
putting the question that way, the answer is obvious.
it's rather the other way round, as dA pretends to think: via movies/games like 'the hunger game' any rebellion/protest is put as the same level as ficticious (and rather surreal) fiction - and also seen as such.

add to this the widely staged 'rebellions' of the so-called 'arab spring' (in egypt, e.g. really a 'revolution of the useful idiots', who now got the generals of the toppled 'tyrant' mubarak as a military junta, ten times worse then he himself ever was - covered by deadly silence now...

or take the equally staged rots in hongkong - truely those 'rebellious teenies' may take signs fro the hunger games - lacking any real aim or fundament for their 'democratic protest'.

and the well fed and easily bored average dA-teenie watching hunger games and 'real' rebellions at the same time feels very proud: I am a revolutionary, too! why? because I make the magical sign from 'hunger games' everytime my mom brings me a coke and a fat junk-burger:))
LordofPhoenixDawn Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
This demonstrates the power of art and media. This is why schools try to squash creativity and try to make mindless drones out of our children. This is why art will survive and thrive and why it will be what keeps us alive, not just existing. I pray for more Katniss and V for Vendetta messages because this world needs a wake up call to humanity, not money, profits, and suffering.
OfficialByraine Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
I really can't answer any of these questions except for the second one, with three answers. The first fictional character that inspires me is Sailour Moon-- always fighting for justice and never giving up, just as feminists are. Then the second one is Hinamori Amu from Shugo Chara-- teaching young ones to be themselves and to be good friends towards everybody. And when something goes wrong, she does her best to make it right again. She teaches that it's okay to be strong or weak, protector or protected, and to not give up on your hopes and dreams. The third one is Black Rock Shooter-- she fights all the things that burden young women and girls like social anxiety and pain. All these characters are feminist symbols to me. All three of them are my heroes.
AoiKita Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, clearly "real" leaders-the ones with all the money, fame and publicity fail to do their jobs at inspiring people, if we need "fictional" ones in their place. However "fiction" is based on reality in some way, not completely that would be naive to think none of this means anything, or isn't possible in our future...but this article seems to have negative feelings towards fiction?....on..Deviantart? weird.

That said, people of this generation obviously need a younger character who steps up for social change. There is a lot of stigma with activism or supporting anything that stands out as a bad thing...some think it's "uncool" to stand up for things unless it is only a popular topic (which is hardly being's for attention), calling them a hippie or other such stereotypical names....but older people are scared to get involved because they are told it can damage their careers/future...which
obviously matters to them if they want to have a safe family. Thankfully there are a lot of young adults who get involved through volunteering which is a less dangerous way to help change....we need them.

 If it takes characters like Katniss to make it happen, I am all for it! 

However, the reason you won't hear about real heroes that much (unless it revolves around a popular topic), is because they are far, far too busy and probably stressed/tired out doing what they do to be living on social media and trying to be popular...and others die unnoticed, except by their friends and family...and sometimes on the news...but always so soon sad.

In some cases, it is quite likely that once the general people are "aware" of something wrong, it's already too a cancer diagnosis.
jwpirate Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check my katniss out, I uploaded it about a month ago. I think it turned out okay
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Student General Artist
hmm think this topic makes and excellent point! :)
IADS8345 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: AMAZING!
annamae411 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1.  Not where I live, no.  Then again I don't get out much.

2.  None have inspired me to take "political action in my community"  But many have influenced my views on both the world and myself.  I strive to have characters who are role models of the type of person to be.  They're not paragons of goodness who have no flaws and never falter.  They're people who are human.  They have flaws, they're selfish, their moral compasses don't point due north, and they can fail, they need help from time to time.  Even when they aren't physically human, they are emotionally.  And rarely are any of my characters black and white.  Most of the time they could be royal jerks, but they're still good people, and vice versa. 

3.  I don't use symbols, more how my characters feel about these things.  In actually art it's usually more abstract than a symbol.
Elise03 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think one of Suzanne's messages that is unfortunately widely ignored is that of her opinion of fashion. She makes it very clear through her depiction of the capitol's fashions (which are not unlike our own) and Katniss's opinion of them that we are spending far to much time and money on our own luxury. Poverty and illness are enormous problems in every single country on the planet and yet those with the means to stop it ignorantly continue to spend the majority of our resources on our own looks and other things to increase our social status. Your wardrobe is not worth the lives of people in undeveloped countries.
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