Our Compass Is Lost

Assassinating a national ruler is not comedy…except in postmodern America.

Interview-poster-seth-rogen-james-francoBased on an attempt to kill the North Korean head of state, The Interview is scheduled to open in October. It has this so-called hilarious premise: “Desperate to legitimize their careers, celebrity journalists land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, which prompts the CIA to recruit the very unqualified pair as assassins” (IMDB.com synopsis).

Try the shoe on the other foot. What would Americans say if a Russian director made a movie about assassinating President Barack Obama? “Unforgivable!” “Outrageous!” “Wrong!” “Shameful!”

Because storytellers shape our future, they need a compass. If America cannot recover her compass, expect increasingly dark stories and a similar future.


About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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