A modern case study in the mimetic value of theatre!

Shortly after ]] appeared at the theaters, the Scottish achieved a measure of independence. Political Scientists and Sociologists point to that movie as a key factor in prompting Scotland to move to establish its own parliament after centuries of British rule. From the Wikipedia page:

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Braveheart has been accused of Anglophobia. The film was referred to in The Economist as “xenophobic and John Sutherland writing in The Guardian stated that, “Braveheart gave full rein to a toxic Anglophobia”. Colin MacArthur, author of Brigadoon, Braveheart and the Scots: Distortions of Scotland in Hollywood Cinema calls it “a fuckin’ atrocious film” and writes that a worrying aspect of the film is its appeal to “neo-fascist groups and the attendant psyche.” According to The Times, MacArthur said “the political effects are truly pernicious. It’s a xenophobic film.”The Independenthas noted, “The Braveheart phenomenon, a Hollywood-inspired rise in Scottish nationalism, has been linked to a rise in anti-English prejudice”.

Now… Scotland may in fact be moving to full independence:

Salmond has said he will hold a vote on Scottish independence in the fall of 2014. Cameron — who opposes any breakup of the United Kingdom, which also includes Wales and Northern Ireland — has urged Scotland to make its intentions clear “sooner rather than later,” arguing that a lengthy period of uncertainty would harm Britain’s economy. (here)

This, of course, is what Plato feared as the ultimate power of mimesis, that it could move people to great passion and upset the status quo. Truth be told, I remember when it was hoped that ]] would do that for the Southern Independence movement in the early part of the previous decade.

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