One of the biggest videogames of 2010 arrives in stores today, and it's got an unusual back story. "Bioshock 2" is largely based on the works of controversial author and philosopher Ayn Rand. Q Screenboy Jesse Wente runs down some of Ayn Rand's top pop-culture influence.
JESSE WENTE'S LIST OF AYN RAND POP CULTURE REFERENCES
The Simpsons - multiple references, but perhaps the best is from the episode "A Street Car Named Marge", when Maggie is sent to the "Ayn Rand School for Tots", leading to a classic "Great Escape" homage, in one of the best episodes, from the best show ever.
Comic books - mostly notably the little known characters "Mr. A" and "The Question", but echoed in the work of Alan Moore.
Bioshock 1&2 - the brilliant video game series is steeped in Rand's philosophy, and is the most sophisticated of Rand pop culture references, as it allows some aspects of her objectivism to be played out in the games. Two of the smartest, most layered video games ever created.
The Tonight Show - Rand's appearance in 1967 is legendary because Johnny basically devoted the entire show to his interview with her. Imagine Jay doing that....actually, don't.
The Fountainhead movie - Rand's novel is turned into a decent flick starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, directed by King Vidor. Essentially made Rand a pop culture figure, where she has remained ever since.
One Tree Hill - this soap devoted an episode to an objectivism theme, "Are you True?". Not a fan of the show or the episode.
1964 Playboy Interview - back when being interviewed in Playboy meant something, Rand was the subject of a profile piece. I'm pretty sure it's articles like these that kept readers coming back for more.
There's many more...Anyone else found some Rand sneaking into your entertainment?