Is Superhero Obsession Culturally Destructive?


Cover of "Watchmen"

Cover of Watchmen

That is what a Comics god himself claims. How could you not believe when he’s criticizing his own industry?
‘Comics god Alan Moore has issued a comprehensive sign-off from public life after shooting down accusations that his stories feature racist characters and an excessive amount of sexual violence towards women.

‘The Watchmen author also used a lengthy recent interview with Pádraig Ó Méalóid at Slovobooks entitled “Last Alan Moore interview?” – to expand upon his belief that today’s adults’ interest in superheroes is potentially “culturally catastrophic”, a view originally aired in the Guardian last year.

“’To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence,” he wrote to Ó Méalóid…’
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Teacher Stabs Friend in Poetry vs. Prose Dispute
‘A drunken row over the merits of literary forms in Russia ended in a poetry-lover stabbing a champion of prose to death, investigators say.

‘A 53-year-old man in Irbit, a town in the Sverdlovsk region of the Urals, has been charged with the murder of another man, 67, said to have been a friend.

‘They were drinking spirits in the friend’s flat when he reportedly said only prose was “real literature”…’
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Our Secret Ancestors
We use their numbers – and their words
‘Most European languages can be traced back to a language that was developed in India specifically to be used by the scientists and priests there thousands of years ago.

‘There are many words in Sanskrit that describe states of consciousness, mentation (the process of thinking) and cosmology.

‘Sanskrit was first re-introduced back to the West just 150 years ago. There’s still a lot to learn.
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Behavior Molding in Schools
‘Good Citizens Do Not Argue’
‘We think this study guide given out before Christmas break 2013 speaks for itself. It may or may not be Common Core based. Behavior molding schooling precedes Common Core by decades.

‘Aside from the take home message that if you don’t button your mouth, obey laws, vote and pay taxes “you’re bad” – a third grader can also learn incorrect spelling and grammar with this guide.

‘What is it that an 8-year-old is never to argue about? And with whom?

‘A lot could be said about the mixed messages in this study guide…’

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