Aryan Skynet

Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore starred as Tonto and the Lone Ranger in the popular ABC western series, originally a radio program, that ran on television from 1949 to 1957.

The western genre is often celebrated by its admirers as an expression of expansive American confidence in a singular national destiny – and also chastised for precisely this reason. The symbolic and political uses of the western, however, have always been mutable. While critics tend to focus on the genocidal implications of the canonical pre-war western, the fact of the matter is that, during its 1950s high water mark, when westerns played every night of the week on television, the genre had mostly taken to emphasizing positive portrayals of Native Americans – albeit with ulterior geopolitical motivations. Mass media scholar Michael Ray Fitzgerald, in his study Native Americans on Network TV: Stereotypes, Myths, and the “Good Indian”, discusses several…

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