While the maladaptive misrepresentation of women and racial minorities in Big Media is a topic that continues to merit scrutiny, it nevertheless behooves us to also ask, what about all those the supposed “beneficiaries”?
Where are they getting THEIR Identity Kits?
James Bond –right?
There’s a supermeme begging for first prize (at least as far as 20th century roots are concerned). But, as kC so bluntly pointed out – no study of the roots of 20th century Superhero dudeness can realistically ignore the rise of the Spaghetti Western — as it emerged shoulder to shoulder with the James Bond Franchise.
Does that seem like a lot of coincidences to you? Or are they “talking” to each other?
Let’s put Bond James Bond aside (at least for the moment) and zoom in on the Spaghetti Western vector.
In search of this ID Kit, we turn first to Anders Ericsson’s World Famous 10k Hours Thesis — as presented by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers (2008). What Ericsson did, in short, was determine that superachievers may or may not be born with talent but, there’s no question, they practice. A LOT – mindfully, narrowly – for a total of 10,000 hours by the time they’re 20.
To that we can add that we may not all be superachievers, but we all have those 10,000 hours and we all do something with them, it’s just that we might do it mindlessly while wandering all over the place. This, in fact, is the normal thing to do.
So we’re all negotiating this curve, but some of us are doing it more intensely than others, and some of us live in more “interesting” times than others.
Mr. Spaghetti Western, Sergio Leone, grew up surrounded by the memesphere and flashpoints of World War II, while living in an Axis Country.
For those of you who haven’t cared to study history because you never thought you’d ever want to make any (again, a very normal thing to do), “Axis Country” is code for Fascist Dictatorship.
Four countries come in for First Prize when it comes to World War II’s Axis Countries, and all of them played a supporting role in emerging the Spaghetti Western supermeme. Kurosawa’s Yojimbo was made in Japan (Yojimbo) and Sergio Leone’s Dollar Trilogy was supported by Spanish, German and Italian money.
That’s the four big Fascist Dictatorships of World War II: Hirohito’s Japan, Franco’s Spain, Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. 20 years after the Battle of Moscow hits the ground running (November 1941) – Kurosawa’s Yojimbo shows up for prime time (November 1961). Is that a coincidence? Or a Rule of Nature?
Meanwhile, bizarrely (perhaps), the James Bond supermeme was developed and deployed by two of the three Big Name Allied Countries – Britain and the United States.
Enough preamble. Let’s look at the formative influences of Leone’s Genius in the context of the famous 10,000 hours hypothesis.
Here’s the thing. I’ve done the research and it turns out there’s a very long list of outrageously intriguing events worth mulling. But they need to be chunked. And I need to take a break.
So stay tuned.
I’ll just point out first that Sergio Leone was born in 1929. That’s what that 1929 is up there. We’re 5 when Ericsson’s hypothesis suggests that we start seriously becoming who we are going to be and, when Sergio Leone reached the point at which the typical superachiever supposedly finds themselves with 10k’s worth of genius, Leone had another 15 years, on top of the first 15, before his personal brand of butterfly emerged from it’s chrysalis with the first of his Dollars Trilogy films.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Willy Verhulst