Tag Archives: popular culture

What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Having recently railed against the popularity of superhero movies, I was struck by the themes in the new animated film, Incredibles 2, a satire of the superhero genre.  One major theme is about people’s problematic desires for superheroes. A speech by the villain summarizes the critique of people’s dependence on superheroes.  She says: “Screenslaver interrupts … Continue reading What’s Wrong with Superheroes?

Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media

Virtually everyone in our field knows about the wonderful book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen.  It focuses on everyday conversations and not just crystalized disputes.  It describes how people can better understand what is (and is not) happening in their interactions, identify erroneous assumptions, … Continue reading Difficult Conversations in the Modern Era of (Anti-)Social Media