Sunday, July 02, 2006

2648 Truth, Justice, and "all that stuff"

I realize he's just an American comic book character, but didn't the super heroes of the past believe in something a bit more specific than "all that stuff?" I'm reposting here for my own enjoyment my June 23 photo of my super hero in 1988.

Here's one scholar's conception (in 2003) why our old "mythos" needed to be revised:

"The representation of crime and justice in the superhero mythos is predominantly derived from a conservative or "right" oriented perspective (as evidenced in the aforementioned comics code). . . Miller identifies five "crusading issues": (1) "excessive leniency toward lawbreakers," (2) "favoring the welfare and rights of lawbreakers over the welfare and rights of their victims, of law enforcement officials, and the law abiding citizen," (3) "erosion of discipline and of respect for constituted authority," (4) "the cost of crime," and (5) "excessive permissiveness" (1973, p. 143). These "crusading issues" of the political "right" are virtually mirrored by the crusades of the superhero mythos.

The messages portrayed in the comic book superhero mythos are clear. We are being told that we must preserve the status quo, or, as Superman might put it, "democracy and the American way"; threats to the status quo must be extinguished. We are presented with a world in which there is clearly right and wrong, good and evil. Good must prevail and social order must be maintained. The dominant hegemony is safe in the hands of the comic book superhero." Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, 10(2) (2003) 96-108.

Well, not anymore!


American Daughter said...

I have been trying to email you, but the letters get returned.

"Mail Delivery Failed"

So will leave a manual trackback.

Jimmy K. said...

Superman is an American turned Globalist.