In the new edition of Scientific American, five experts offer analysis.
“Within the narrative world of Star Wars,” they observe, “to be a member of the Jedi is seemingly to be a paragon of goodness, a principled guardian of order and protector of the innocent.”
Yet, evil is afoot.
For one thing, the holy order’s corrosively corporate:
“Jedi” is more than just a name: It’s a product. Circulating that product’s name can promote and benefit the corporation that owns it, even if we do not mean to do so. We are, in effect, providing that corporation — Disney — with a form of free advertising, commodifying and cheapening our justice work in the process.
Moreover, keepers of the peace don’t keep with inclusion:
Those unfamiliar or uncomfortable with Star Wars — including those hurt by the messages it sends — may feel alienated by the parade of jokes, puns and references surrounding the term “Jedi.”
Most egregious, the world of blasters and battle droids is rife with that most dastardly of Dark Sides: white supremacy. More