I am writing a paper for my comp class and it had to relate to my chose major (mine is Sociology and Anthropology) So I decided to right about BSG and its social commentary and criticism of the Bush administration & the messages it contains (Below is my research proposal)
I wandering if any of you had any thought on this, in addition to the actual series I am also reading "Cylons in America" "Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There" & "Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked up?. " and a couple of journal articles. If anyone as anything I would like to hear you're thoughts and observations.
It took a fair amount of reviewing the series and my material to see if it was possible to narrow this down to a specific area of thought and I feel that I have done so. I have decided to write about Battlestar Galactica’s (BSG) social commentary on a post 9/11 world. I will examine the Bush administration’s policies and the American people’s behavior in the midst of the paranoia at the time and show how this was woven into the subtext of the show. Additionally, I want to show what freedoms people were willing to give up in a time of war. This includes how rational people became irrational in their acceptance of the behaviors of those in power: behaviors that at one time would have been thought reprehensible. I will show how all this parallels the current events of our time and I plan to further narrow in on the areas of greater impact.
This fits very well into my chosen fields of study: Sociology and Anthropology. These are the study of human behavior, how humans live and react in various situations within their social structures and the institutions that govern them. This is the very nature of the basic human instinct for survival and, ultimately, the self-preservation of our species.
Many profound lessons can be learned from BSG if we are willing to listen and not merely disregarded them just because. Unfortunately, it seems that people fail to learn the lessons of the past, both in reality and fiction, and this fits into what was said throughout the series, “It happened before and it will happen again”.