Monday, April 20, 2015
what's up with superheroes? 1 #12
Despite everybody having different ideas on what a hero is, I think we can all agree that superheroes are popular. They're in our movies, TV shows, literature. They are a part of our culture. But why do we all love them so much? Why do we count on them to always beat the bad guy? Well, I think Hank says some really good things about it in this video (start it at like 12 seconds).
Anyway, I think he makes a good point in saying that we see the Jokers, Green Goblins, and all of their evil buddies as simplifications of the everyday problems that we see. It is so much easier to say that we need to beat a bad guy to make everything good than to say that we have to solve complicated socioeconomic problems where no matter the solution, somebody ends up not totally fine. So it's almost like we need an extraordinary solution to make our "ordinary problems" easily digestible. Ordinary solutions to our complicated problems just don't work it seems.