Critical theory states that the objective world is a creation of human interaction- everything we do, everything we are is based on the interaction we have with others. The focus of critical theory is transformation which is the realization of truth and emancipation and realizing the human potential we all have. The goals are to raise awareness and bring liberation. Examples of this can be seen in certain movements such as the civil rights movement, and the strike of Chicago Public School teachers. Their goal was to bring awareness to the public, and used a strike to get the attention of school officials to help them recognize their issues with the present policy. It is through these demonstrations that we can understand that change and awareness are not possible without a particular movement or rally. Examples of this can also be seen in film, in this case the film, Red Dawn.
Red Dawn is a film where the North Koreans invade America and take control over our country. People have become prisoners, and what used to be a democracy had become a communist run regime. The future looks bleak, and many had succumbed to their current situation. However, a group of six people who called themselves “The Wolverines” decided to fight against the oppression and bring awareness of their goals to others. They become a “terrorist” group that actively goes against the Korean rule. This includes bombing, killing, and destroying areas of the Korean institutes and publically stating who they are and what their purpose is. Through their actions the Wolverines showed others that America is still their home and they should not let it go so easily. This brings together an even larger group that fights the Korean regime. The end of the film is unknown, the viewer does not know whether America is taken back by its people or if they surrender. Critical theory states that all forms of domination are problematic, and in this case America was destroyed. The group, over time became very organized, this can be called praxis. The reason they came together was explained, they figured out practical solutions, and they created norms they had to follow by in order to succeed as a group. Again, in the end their success is unknown, however, a hopeful viewer could only imagine that all of the citizens participated and realized that they had more potential than just being Korean prisoners.
Critical theory is a very interesting topic since forms of oppression are seen through many avenues. Not only in the streets of Chicago or in film, but around the world. Individuals realize that they are worth more or are in need of more than is currently being given to them. As a group they help others to realize this as well. They hope to create a transformation. The film Red Dawn is a prime example of this, as well as the Chicago teacher strike and the civil rights movement. Change is not possible without a movement; the world would not be what it is without these changes. Critical theory is an absolute necessity in understanding these complexities and how the world is what it is today.