Hello all, I have a request for help.
In my english class, I have been assigned a research project in which I must examine and research a specific fear(s) that is being exaggerated and overblown in some fashion in modern society. Then I must explain why the fear is exaggerated, and debunk it. And if possible, tell why that fear is there. Was it created to hide a bigger, underlying fear? Was it created to control us in some way?
What I was thinking, is to examine a few different fears that are prevelant in society today; such as global warming, religion, gender roles, aliens, etc...., and show how the fears in those areas are quite unneccessary and completely blown out of proportion, by using examples from Futurama episodes. Basically, show how Futurama debunks these fears.
Racial Acceptance: You all know what I mean. Racial problems and prejudice is running rampant, with some places worse than others.
The Planet Express crew and the Futurama cast in general demonstrates how we all really can get along, regardless on what's on the outside, or where we are from. Whether it be just the crew themselves(a robot, crustacean, asian girl, african-american, white male, and one-eyed woman all working together), or the crew's interaction with outside alien races.
This can all be seen as a metaphor that different genders, races....um, *cough*species, really can live as one.
Having recently been assigned the paper, that's the only area I've started getting into. I started this thread to ask, do any of you fellow PEELer's have any other ideas of overblown fears that exist today, which you feel that are unneccesary; that are debunked on Futurama?
All help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
EDIT: Oh, and it must be relevant information as demonstrated on the show. Such as, I can't write that Futurama solved global warming by dropping a huge ice cube into the ocean; or shifting the earth's orbit(is that even possible?).
I chose this subject because I know that there are various math and science majors working on the show, and that they use the show as their voice to debunk and make fun of various fears of modern society in their own way.