“Xenocide” is a term we coined from combining “xenophobia” and “genocide”. It refers to the “killing of the other”. It covers the most heinous acts of humans singling out groups and trying to destroy them. Generally speaking, it includes any crime that previously could be termed a genocide, but adds crimes of similar magnitude committed for ideological, political, or social reasons, or those (more modern) crimes against groups, due to rivalry for scarce resources. We feel we are offering a new term for a new generation, thereby re-energizing the desire to learn about the past, as a pathway to building a more hopeful future.
We have also formulated a preliminary definition, which will be revised after review by scholars:
Xenocide is “the deliberate mass destruction of one group of people by another group or by a regime, with the intent to eliminate a large part of the targeted group due to its ethnicity, religion, race, political belief, social identification or cultural heritage, or due to rivalry over scarce resources.”
It’s funny. Every time I see an ad for the latest “tablet computer” and think of the potential they hold to transform the way education is done in this world… Every time I see my son playing one of those incredible “Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games” (MMORPG) he loves so much… Every time I hear about the “Predator” style drones now being used to fight against the seemingly unstoppable forces of international terrorism… I think of one book: Ender’s Game, the prophetic 1985 military science fiction novel by author Orson Scott Card – truly one of the most profound reading experiences of my life.
Well my friends, according to fellow blogger blurppy, those hollywood types have finally gotten around to making that incredible book into a movie, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin:
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Here are just a few of the images from blurppy’s post:
And here’s one of the videos he included as well:
Reblogged from Check Out Some Cool VFX Images And Propaganda Posters For “Ender’s Game” on blurppy
I just couldn’t resist adding this:
GIF Block Via The Ender’s Game Tumblr Blog
You know, with so many people worrying over the impact all that “game play” might be having on our kids these days, not to mention the impact of growing up in a world filled with wars and rumors of wars, I’m really curious to see how “the truth” about Ender’s mission is looked upon when it is revealed in this movie. I’m here to tell you that, unless you’ve read Ender’s Game or any of the other books in The Ender’s Game Series, you haven’t even begun to imagine the kind of horrors the future might hold…
I want ice water.
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