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Joker, Individualism, and the Dangers of Cultural Narratives
The social-psychological forces depicted in Joker are as much in play today as in the film’s fictional 1981 setting. In the search for meaning amid an increasingly polarized and hostile political climate, groups come together and lionize monsters.

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Joker’s commentary on society

Joker’s commentary on society

Joker is a psychological movie, showing the dangers of group action and the power of group narratives.

It is a very interesting commentary on society as it mirrors the phenomenon of dei...

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A dangerous movie

Many reviewers see the Joker as a dangerous film because it might inspire incels to identify with the character as a hero and copy him.

The real evil to be feared is a broken, frustrated so...

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Society and Mass Violence

Gotham City in Joker is a fundamentally broken city.

  • Arthur Fleck (the Joker) is failed by every level of society.
  • However, every class in Joker wants to shift the blame.

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Group Dynamics

Joker is the most realistic depiction of group dynamics. The Joker has no plans, no real motives, no point to make, but is as much a victim of circumstances.

The Joker doesn't manipulat...

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Deindividuation

Deindividuation is linked to everything from mass riots to lynch mobs. It shows the dangers of thinking that simple numbers can equate to moral action.

The shared identities of deindividuat...

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An Important Lesson

We like simple, almost cartoonish, villains that we can point fingers at so we don't have to do any self-reflection or think about our own potential for immoral behavior.

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