Activists' lives and adventures are dramatic, fascinating, heroic, not to mention indispensable to planetary survival and any hope of creating a just society. But, vital as they are, how extensively do you see activists portrayed in works of fiction (WoFs) in media and popular culture, and how well?
This Fiction Featuring Activists Test helps evaluate the depiction of activists in works of fiction (WoFs), including movies, television programs, plays, novels, comics, etc. Its purpose is to notice and celebrate WoFs where activists are shown fully and fairly. And to call attention to the ways in which they are not.
For more on what is meant here by Activists, Activism, Activist Community, etc., see https://julianabarnet.com. Click on front page image to go to the article What is Activist Culture? and on the "Handy Terms" floating box at left. See the Fiction Featuring Activists in JB's Journal at this site (https://julianabarnet.com/fiction-featuring-activists-posts/) for more.
The goal is for activists to be FULLY and FAIRLY represented in FICTION. THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING!
Does at least one activist or activist movement appear in this WoF, in a portrayal or at least a mention? None at all earns a "0" and no need to go further. A 3 might indicate a significant presence of: activist character(s) such as community organizer(s), peace activist(s), etc.; activist movement(s) such as the environmentalist, civil rights, prison reform movements, etc.); and/or activist setting(s): a union office, an anti-pipeline encampment, etc..
Give a 5 if the WoF has activist characters, movements or settings central to the story, and whose conversations, causes, actions, internal monologues, settings, etc. are shown extensively.
At best stereotypes are lazy and shallow; at worst they lead to dehumanizing and otherizing people who we have a notion are different from us. They contribute to ignorance and fear of "those people" and are key tools used in inciting hatred and violence against social groups, and in getting whole societies to condone or at least ignore such violence. Even positive stereotypes create distance and prevent people from empathizing or feeling kinship with the people stereotyped.
NOTE: THIS TEST AND SCORE REFER ONLY TO REPRESENTATION OF ACTIVISTS IN WORKS OF FICTION. Other aspects of them may be perfectly wonderful.