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Lecture 4

Media, Information and Technoculture 1200F/G Lecture 4: Sept 25th Ender’s Game 1.docx


Department
Media, Information and Technoculture
Course Code
MIT 3214F/G
Professor
Tim Blackmore
Lecture
4

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Ender’s Game 1: Change, Truth and Paradigm
1. Paradigms (model, describes everything we are, describes a culture and many
cultures that are in a society; beliefs in religion, law, different tastes in music,
literature, individualism etc. The world as we know it.) (there are different
paradigms: ex, a paradigm that beliefs wealth is important and another paradigm
that beliefs happiness is important)
Ex. Travelling, some people love it because they get to be free and others
hate it because they are taken to an unfamiliar paradigms
Explanation of the world through philosophy, politics, music etc.
Paradigms form around us and gradually bring us down
If you’re born into a specific paradigm, you do not get much say in it
Ender’s game representation of 3 paradigms
First one, Valentine, who puts love ahead of everything else (world of
love, based on mercy)
Second one, world of force, Peters world
Ender is the world of the warrior, the-in-between
Ender follows a code of survival
When people talk about a revolution, they really mean they want to
change the paradigm
Ex 1972, of changing a paradigm, race war and women having enough,
looked like government was going to fall
Pg 19 “I wanted to win all the other ones too so theyd leave me alone” pf
92 “win first, ask questions later”
2. Creating each “other”
When we look at Falling down and Blue Champagne, there are many
people who don’t fit into that world, they are the “others” in this case,
Ender is the “other”
The parents, pushed around by the state, decided to have a 3rd child,
therefore they became the “other” and exiled by the state
Mazer, biblical figure, Enders teacher, prefigure of Christ, wisdom profit
Graph and Anderson, child abusers, steal children
Hive Queen, she’s an insect, only person who can talk to her is Ender,
another “other”
Valentine realizes shes the “metal in between” pg 236.
All these visions of others causes a problem because you don’t know
which to follow, especially because Ender turns out to be a brutal killer
Pg 270, the one death of the “whole” other, how they justified war
The beings we consider are ourselves, put everyone else second
Some human beings are more worthwhile than others (Africa and Toronto
example)
3. Defining “Savage” (That which is not us)
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