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.

Chaos Theory and Structured Criticality 101 courtesy of wikipedia.


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6 thoughts on “Introducing Sergio

  • November 12, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    The video is “unavailable”

  • November 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

    We used to try and keep up with disappearing videos and links, but now our policy is to preserve the record of the web’s volatility. People think the web is forever and that it’s some kind of archive seriously competing with stuff like the Public Library or various and sundry Private Collections.

    It is not and it does not and if you are thinking of collecting a serious archive, you don’t want to expect the web to preserve it for you. Download anything that seems significant and save it to a CD ROM.

    Hard disks are too fragile, including the portable variety, and so are thumb drives.

  • November 13, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Just from July. Hmmmmm . . .

    • November 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      It could have been pulled mid-July. Not sure how fast Google’s Corporate Responsibility Team is at catching up with this stuff. But clearly it pays to be sensitive to the possibility that artifacts could quite possibly disappear. I can’t even remember what the documentary was, except vaguely.

      I regret not archiving it. I don’t know if that will drive me to archive more diligently going forward.

  • November 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Copyright infringement.

    Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution. This is usually only for a limited time.

    These rights frequently include reproduction, control over derivative works, distribution, public performance, and moral rights such as attribution.

    While many aspects of national copyright laws have been standardized through international copyright agreements, copyright laws vary by country.

    Typically, the duration of a copyright spans the author’s life plus 50 to 100 years (that is, copyright typically expires 50 to 100 years after the author dies, depending on the jurisdiction).

    Sergio Leone died in 1989.

  • November 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Leone’s 1964 Fistful of Dollars was accused of being an unlicensed remake of Kurosawa’s 1961 Yojimbo –given apparently copyrightable “traditional themes” and “character tropes”.

    Leone Et Al conceded as much by coughing up 15% of the worldwide receipts of A Fistful of Dollars circa 1965– which translated to around $100,000 or a little over three quarters of a million in 2017 USD (ie., chicken feed).

    The lawsuit would have cost more than that, so go ahead and file the kerfuffle under “publicity stunt”.

    But precedents were set.


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