[Ansteorra] SCA mentioned in Time magazine

iainmacc@juno.com iainmacc at juno.com
Wed Dec 4 11:42:18 PST 2002

On Wed, 04 Dec 2002 10:46:16 -0600 (CST) j_smallw at titan.sfasu.edu writes:
> I found the article interesting and emailed the editors my comments.
> Although
> the author was trying to show a turn toward fantasy and away from
> technology
> post 9/11, I couldn't see where he succeeded in his argument since
> the Tolkien
> phenomenon has been around for decades, the SCA is in it's 37th
> year, D & D has
> been a top selling game since the mid 70's.  Add that the Lord of
> the Rings
> movies had already been budgeted and a great deal of the shooting
> already done
> prior to 9/11.  It just doesn't seem like a sudden turn of pop
> culture to me.
> Ansgar

        I thought the argument was deeply flawed as well. For the above
reasons, and also because the SCA has the highest concentration of
techno-geeks in its membership of any organization I've ever known. I
don't think the author did nearly enough digging, and didn't "do the
math" with the facts he DID have. Nor did he *seem* aware of any
distinction between physical/technological lifestyle factors and
social/emotional lifestyle factors. Yes, they interact and affect one
another, but that doesn't make them the same.
        Your pavilion may be canvas, the floor may be rugs, the bed may
be a period Norse (or whichever) design, the lighting may be oil lamps.
But if there's an air conditioner in one corner, an ice chest in another,
and a plastic garbage bag by the door, you are hardly "turning away from

                              Iain MacCrimmon

                    Cave Tyranniam Timorium Suorum

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