The Joker, Nihilism, and One Iranian Boy


***NO SPOILERS FOR THE JOKER MOVIE***

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For a young kid growing up in Tehran, Batman’s never-ending battle with the Joker became a symbol for what was happening around him, as his once-prosperous world began to collapse under the weight of nihilism, discord, and senseless violence.

Monsters like the Joker exist, but even without super-powers, we can defeat them by believing in the spirit of Batman.

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CREDITS:
Produced by Sean W. Malone
Written by Arash Ayrom & Sean W. Malone
Edited by Arash Ayrom & Sean W. Malone
Persian Subtitles by Saghar Erica Kasraie & Sheina Vojoudijarrah
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LINKS:

Listen to Arash on The Larry Reed Hour:

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/01/24/the-iranian-revolution-and-its-legacy-of-terrorism/

https://www.popmythology.com/the-psychology-philosophy-of-the-joker/

https://fee.org/articles/the-sweet-sociability-of-self-interest/

https://fee.org/shows/audio/words-numbers/tank-man/