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Poch Peralta

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Is Superhero Obsession Culturally Destructive?

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...'
http://www.psfk.com/2014/01/alan-moore-superhero-obsession.html

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    Feb 7 2014: yesand no..Thinking I was a superhero saved my life when I was a t a crossroads. For me it was an archetype.I was very stressed and had experienced some of the most horrific violence and torture..and was very very very angery. I had an opportunity to no longer be a victim by becoming an abuser..I would hurt instead of be hurt...I had a perfect victim in mind and my entire body filled with adrenalin and then...I paused..I rememberd every cool hero story I ever had....and decided I did not want to be the bad guy..ever. I liked my fictional self and this prevented a very very bad choice.
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      Feb 7 2014: Now that is a most novel and unique perspective and idea Carol. Isn't that what they call in psychology 'Escape Mechanism'? Your case reminded me of the book 'When Rabbit Howls'. What the author (abused by her father since childhood) experienced was very related to yours.
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        Feb 8 2014: i looked up the word escape mechanism..and its pretty close,,but not exact. The fictrional self as a rescuer,super hero was who I felt I was, given a clear choice between a good guy /bad guy motifs.I I I I i preferred the good guy everytime and also saw the villification by society against him/her as a similar case for my hard luck. Changing my behaviour into the aggressor would mean I would lose my rights to this character and when you are struggling with life..to copy others who you look up to (fiction or not) made perfect sense
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          Feb 8 2014: Well, your choice seems better Carol and I'm glad you're over that 'most horrific violence and torture'.

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