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Kaira Mellix 10/8/17 Media and Popular Culture Midterm 1. Ideology The Philosophy of Death Note- What is justice? This specific ideology can mean something different depending on who you ask. The textbook definition of justice is “the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral righteousness.” Death Note is an anime that focuses on a young man named Light Yagami who becomes the owner of a notebook called the Death Note. This notebook has the power to kill anyone by just writing their name and picturing their face. He adopts the name “Kira” as the God of this world he hopes to create. In the Philosophy of Death Note, it discusses what this term means to two different lead characters. Light/Kira, who believes profoundly in a Hammurabi’s Code-esque civilization. Whereas, his rival, L, believes in a more in a judicial type civilization with judges and juries. The two battles throughout the series in a different struggle to find justice. In this (insert word), I will describe the viewpoints of both main characters and how they clash. Light/Kira believes in the ideology that the ends-justify-the-means. Light/Kira thinks that people only do the right thing in the public eye because there’s always somebody watching. In the reading “Ideology” by Kavanaugh says that continually relying on force and the power of the government is not an efficient way to assure stable reproduction of class relations. Light/Kira
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doesn't feel as if throwing criminals in jail is enough to get justice, he believes that everyone should have to pay for their crimes. However, L, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. He believes that no one deserves to die, instead be captured and sentenced for their crimes rather than being executed. He, like Light/Kira, feels he is a pure paragon of justice. L’s definition of truth is a bit more ambiguous than Light/Kira. For L, it’s more so him trying to win a game of wits. After L’s demise (spoiler), N’s version of justice prevails. This anime has a “winner gets all morality” element, and has more of competition between these morals as a “logic gate,” not as truth-seeking. Kavanaugh says “’Ideology’ veers away from being set as the opposite of “truth,” and more toward stipulating specific and necessary forms that promote particular sociohistorical interests as representing universal and natural human needs. The world inside the show doesn’t give a clear stance on justice, but rather challenge various definitions. The anime opens more doors than it closes and questions what it means to be a just city. Rather than being in the description, it is in their methods of what justice is. What’s your meaning of justice?
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