I respect you so much for the time you’ve taken to write this.
However, my thoughts somewhat contrast to yours. Please do not take this as an offence, I’m merely sharing my opinion.
I agree with your first point. Episode is, very literally, propaganda. It’s morals and ideas are shared over millions of readers all over the globe, and it’s able to influence people, especially the innocent and inexperienced, and they can be very wrongly motivated or influenced, and hold some bad morals. Episode has many included themes that are not appropriate for reality, and therefore this is also a very dangerous factor in which is why I also urge these tropes not to be shown as much as possible.
I Also agree with some of your second point. Featured stories are featured. Literally anyone can tell they hold a lot of influence, weight, and importance, as only few reside on the shelf. However, many of the stories include themes that are not appropriate for some younger people, or even people in general. As shown in the read world, it is so easy to be influenced into something, and something morally wrong in society. Therefore, I agree that featured stories must be reviewed in every way possible to ensure that what is shown is appropriate. Even with Warnings, there is no stopping children with a younger age to continuously read these stories, and be influenced by them, especially with naive (And I mean this in the nicest way possible) minds. However, within diversity, I understand this is important to portray them in the modern world. However, I would have to say, in some period eras, there should be no arguing for diversity. For example, in the 1800’s-women still did not have rights, and black people were (and I’m not trying to offend) slaves. This was how it was then. There was not LGBTQ+, so arguably it would be strange and unhistorically accurate to present this. However, this was not in the argument so I won’t argue against you on this.
Your third point- forgive me, but I’m assuming what you mean by promises was diversity and controversy around “instant princess” and the sort? If so, I agree with that, which brings us to the first point.
True, many stories are set in US. However, this may not be because of the writer but also because of influence. Of course, the writer makes the choice, but, America has been in charge of producing so many movies we all know today. Naturally, our instincts are turned more to them. Shows, movies, anything- as a result of the American dream. However, there are also stories set in other places, and I’m writing one set in England. I also agree diversity should be added as America is full of- diversity. However, diversity is also a controversial topic in America, so I feel some authors may not comfortable with that. Or, if you can see now, a rising trope is a LGBT friend (or of another ethnicity or both). Authors may want to avoid this as in real life, not everyone has one. Still, I agree it’s important to add diversity as it’s so common.
I agree with your point in number 4, but I also have to say that, I don’t think all of it is how we come to terms with ideas that are complex- it’s more that some people may not understand the ideas in the first place, which brings us to stories where we’re not exactly sure what the author is promoting, whether they are promoting or arguing against their story’s morals. (Example: teacher-student relationships) This also brings confusion and gets us to wonder what is right and what is wrong, so I think it’s more as the understanding isn’t quite clear.
Your fifth point brings me to the first point I wrote. I completely agree with you. A story can never be just a story. It is filled with the author’s own attitude and opinions, biases, and controversies that have to power to influence or promote.
Sixth Points is rather the same, and I agree again. This is completely true, and I agree Episode needs to keep track of what it’s promoting- thousands of stories out there that are promoted are not suitable for many people.
Seventh Point- Yes, I completely agree. The ideas and morals from the story are influenced from what the author is influenced by- they are feeding you propaganda from the propaganda they were fed, which at times I feel it’s better to try leaving politics out of it. This may be a reason, really, why Episode may be hesitant to add diversity.
Aesop’s Fable- yes, even when it seems like someone has no opinion on something, the person will always have a bias towards a situation, so even small clues and hints that the author might even not know if there be brought into it.
True. Episode is an animated story platform- it’s now not only to “share” ideas. It’s extremely important to so many people. Exactly, the way people are portrayed in different scenarios can affect the way you think about them, as a person, or a race, it’s more than a few people, and people are all different, their beliefs are all different. Therefore, to judge something from one thing is also something not said or shown.
I was going to oppose what you said, but many of your points are valid.
I would just have to say that many people would not think that a story is a great deal, which is why some people may misinterpret what you say.
Everything you read, see, watch, is all part of propaganda you don’t know. I love superhero movies, for example, but at the same time, even if it wasn’t meant to be, it is propaganda, as it’s made in America and to be shown that America is the superhero.
This is not meant to offend America. I’m only meaning to say it’s part of our everyday life and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
I’s also want to add not every story is like this, I would promote some, but this isn’t the thread. However, those stories are also promoting something, I believe is good.
Propaganda is something that makes us believe something is good. Really good. For example, I believe Teacher- student relationships aren’t good.
What is good and bad is taken by society’s standards. Say here, I’m not sure whether I’m defending it or not, but I suppose I’m more biased towards it. See, even I am affected my propaganda.
I have no idea what my point is.
Let me think about it.
I think my point is, be careful of what you write.