The herd in Avatar viewers

People experiencing depressive or suicidal thoughts after viewing Avatar has more to do with Friedrich Nietzsche's Herd Mentality than anything else. Note, the exhibition of such thought has overflown on Avatar forums. More than a thousand posts have appeared following a thread titled, "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible".

Nietzsche's 'Herd Mentality' categorised people as belonging to two herds. One consists of people who subscribe to religious points of views and the beliefs therein. These in turn dictate their actions. The other, The 'Avatar-depressed kind', lend themselves to be influenced by media. Media communiques set the basis for what they perceive as right and wrong.

Avatar and its message has preyed on the people belonging to the latter heard, convincing them that human race will be responsible for the destruction of whatever is 'natural', in the future. The herd, buying into this story, huddles together to wail, as seen in the threads on the forum. I don't think we need to be unduly worried, as I guess they'll wise up pretty soon.

And then, we have Oliver Stone and Hitler to look forward to. When that happens, there's real material there, to be depressed.


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