ahaha i should never have maintagged that ‘authoritarianism in Agents of SHIELD’ post, one of the people reblogging it felt the need to talk condescending smack about Steve Rogers and now that version is starting to get picked up and passed around among Ward stans
for the record I don’t give one single rat-assed fuck about Grant Ward one way or the other
happen to think AoS has a really weird relationship with its own Big-Brother-ness (and a really screwy moral compass in general)
also for the record, if you’re here because of that post and you want to talk condescending smack about Cap, exit’s that way, run don’t walk, don’t let the door hit you
Having recently rewatched the more watchable episodes of Agents of SHIELD, I am struck anew by all the creepy authoritarian vibes—not just from the characters themselves, which is plausible on a show that’s all about the shadowy government Men in Black whose job is to put a lid on paranormal occurrences, but in which characters the show chooses to back up and the situations it constructs. I’m not even going to touch the nasty indoctrination Skye goes through to mold her from a freedom-of-information hacker type into an agent of SHIELD, because that mostly happens in the less watchable episodes. But the way the fallout of CA:TWS was handled—holy balls.
"Oh, that pesky, naïve Captain America and his cohort, dumping all our secrets onto the Internet! Taking down SHIELD along with Hydra! That was so mean of him, look, the totally plausible fallout is that now we’re all being persecuted as a ~terrorist organization~ and threatened with indefinite detention of the type we’re so fond of springing on people we’ve deemed to be threats! Why? Because there’s no way to tell who might be Hydra. No way whatsoever. If only all of these meanie bureaucrats had some magic list of who had ties to Hydra. Like, some set of secret files with their recruitment data or something. If only, I don’t know, all of Hydra’s records had been dumped onto the internet or something.”
"Are we going to talk about the actual consequences of a leak on this scale, like all the deep-cover agents it burned? Ha ha ha, why would we waste time on that when we could be constructing elaborate strawmen about how Big Brother was the only thing standing between the world and chaos for the sake of chaos.”
"What does Hydra want, you ask? To take over, duh. Are there any ideological differences between Hydra and SHIELD? Um, we’ll get back to you on that. Does it bother us that ‘who’s Hydra?’ might as well have been a randomly-assigned game of Mafia because we’re indistinguishable from our own neo-Nazi conspiracy? Uh… YEAH! Yeah, we would totally have believed Victoria Hand was Hydra, how fucked-up is it that she made it to the top, what a hardass, am I right?”
"Guys. Guys. Hey, guys. I’ve got a great idea. The BEST idea. Let’s pay exactly zero attention to anything CA:TWS might’ve had to say about authoritarian bullshit and extrajudicial killing, and rebuild SHIELD.”
In CATWS when Sharon calls into SHIELD on her walkie, she says, “Foxtrot is down… he’s unresponsive, I need EMTs.” The response from the other side is, “Do we have a twenty on the shooter?”
She never said he’d been shot.
So either dispatch was very close-by and heard the shots, then put two and two together (unlikely, those shots sounded suppressed or they’d be much louder coming from that Barrett), or the person on the other end of the line was just really assumptive, or they were in on it that a hit had been put out on Nick Fury (IE a member of the Strike team or just Hydra in general?).
I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THISSSS
Oooh, creepy-interesting. The most likely explanation is that Sharon reported to dispatch that she’d heard gunshots right before she burst into the room, but in a movie that’s all about secrets and conspiracies and people knowing more or less than they should, it could’ve made for a really interesting ‘tell.’ Like the reveal of the Clairvoyant on Agents of SHIELD—someone letting slip a seemingly insignificant detail that there was no way they should’ve known.
AU where Gryffindor are the stuck up, blood purist house. They’re the white knights of Hogwarts and Wizarding Britain-but knights ride roughshod over the peasantry.
from ‘The Four Loves’ by C.S. Lewis: “The danger is that this partial indifference or deafness to outside opinion, justified and necessary though it is, may lead to a wholesale indifference or deafness. The most spectacular instances of this can be seen not in a circle of friends but in a Theocratic or aristocratic class. We know what the Priests in Our Lord’s time thought of the common people. The Knights in Froissart’s chronicles had neither sympathy nor mercy for the “outsiders”, the churls or peasants. But this deplorable indifference was very closely intertwined with a good quality. They really had, among themselves, a very high standard of valour, generosity, courtesy and honour. This standard the cautious, close-fisted churl would have thought merely silly. The Knights, in maintaining it, were, and had to be, wholly indifferent to his views. They “didn’t give a damn” what he thought. If they had, our own standard today would be the poorer and the coarser for it. But the habit of “not giving a damn” grows on a class. To discount the voice of the peasant where it really ought to be discounted makes it easier to discounthis voice when he cries for justice or mercy. The partial deafness which is noble and necessary encourages the wholesale deafness which is arrogant and inhuman.”
Gryffindor’s all about chivalry, but that word comes from cheval, horse. Chivalry is the behaviour of a mounted knight. An aristocrat. Someone born and raised to think himself Better Than You.
and the Slytherins? ‘These cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends’, and Slytherin house is all about ambition. In other words…merit over bloodline. Why appoint a pureblood to a post over a more qualified muggleborn, just on the basis of that blood? Why try to purge Wizarding culture of Muggle influences, when Muggles have produced so many interesting and useful things and ideas that a clever wizard could turn to his own advantage? Why bully and make an enemy of supersmart Hermione Granger, when it would be far more in your self-interest to make friends with her and have her help you out with your schoolwork?
and why would Slytherins follow a Dark Lord? Because let’s face it; Dark Lords are nuts and getting close to them in any way is hazardous to your health. If the forces of Light don’t strike you down, the Dark Lord himself might well, in a fit of pique. And anyway-while the Dark Lord is in power, there’s no room at the top because he’s occupying it. How is that a good thing if you’re ambitious?
but Gryffindors, well, knights must serve a king…unquestioning obedience to one’s king is a virtue among knights. And a king proposing a return to the virtuous olden days, to chivalry and honour and the lower orders knowing their place if they knew what was good for them…
holy shit this makes so much more sense than what actually went down
ETA: holy shit i bet this is what’s happening with the millennial generation of hogwarts kids since the voldemort wars so thoroughly ruined slytherin for purebloods… and set gryffindor up as the shining valorous house of moral authority.
That’s… actually a really interesting interpretation because if it positions the Gryffindors as a chivalrous aristocracy, then what does that make the Slytherins? Ambitious, resourceful, hungry for worldly gain and recognition, willing to work outside the traditional system to obtain it—they’re the middle class.
In other words, it’s entirely plausible that the wizarding world we see in the HP books is one where the OP’s setup used to be the case, but by now the Gryffindor aristocracy has faded into obsolescence (and, consequently, become a lot more chill about accepting just about anyone who shares their values, regardless of background), and the Slytherin bourgeoisie has finally come into full power as the nouveau-riche ruling class. They’ve got the money and the power, their forebears married into the right families, and they’re enjoying the hell out of all the exclusivity and status symbols they were denied for so long. An aristocracy of wealth, increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few families over the last few generations, who are now eager to defend their turf against any interlopers who might depose them as they deposed the old nobility.
It would explain a lot about the state of the wizarding world when Harry enters the picture—the viciousness of the Gryffindor vs Slytherin rivalry, the hints that Slytherin has had the upper hand of that rivalry for ages, the almost tacky ostentatiousness of families like the Malfoys, the (IIRC) near-total absence of poor, low-status, but nevertheless pureblood families like the Weasleys from Voldemort’s cult of personality and from Slytherin in general.
(Note: I am 1) American, and thus my understanding of class issues across the pond is non-intuitive and mostly gleaned from way too much 19th-century French lit, and 2) throwing out the first reaction to this post that jumped into my head. Feel free to argue or help refine it.)
also the wiki article on him has the best sentence: “The opportunity to show a semi-nude male, often in a contorted pose, also made Sebastian a favourite subject.” YEP WIKI u sure know what us artists are all about
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Wiki confirms: we’re not trash, we’re classy bitches (okay maybe we’re also trash)
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