Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Where's Huey Lewis when you need him?

I'm getting a bit put out by the constant attacks on Superman. His sexuality has been called into question. His religious affiliation has been discussed. He's been called so many variations on bland, boring, and square that I'm beginning to think the thesaurus conglomerates are behind the negativity.

And it just gets worse. Newsweek has written a story in which they go to great length to praise Bryan Singer's movie, describing it as "gorgeously crafted," and "infuse[d] . . . with poetry" still can't wait to call the Man himself as "foursquare" (emphasis likely on square).

But, there is so much information on this most iconic superhero it sort of boggles the mind.

But I want to know why is it bad that Superman is seen as a bit of a nerd?

Where's the respect? He is, after all, the superhero upon which so many others were based. Everyone bad-mouthing the Man of Steel is sort of like George W. Bush talking trash about George Washington. He's the model; heck, he was even know as the Marble Man once upon a time, I believe. (And some of us know that you should NOT dis GW. He'll kick you apart . . . especially the British children.)

So, why isn't it hip to be square? I love Spiderman but you've gotta give it up to the one that made it cool to put on multi-colored body socks.

4 comments:

Jack Thunder said...

1) firstly, it's nice to see the new photo up on your profile. now, i might even call it a profile . . . in courage.

2) well, i'm assuming your questions about S(t)uperman are rhetorical. but i can't help but contributing, since i've always disliked him. the problem isn't that he is a nerd, the problem is that he has NO character. you're right that he has good intentions, but i think someone could easily talk him into another set of intentions. and pardon me for drawing the first parallel between him and W.

3) so far i've heard very mixed things about the movie--from the quite good to the very bad. it should have a big opening, regardless. i'll expect a full review from you.

Jack Thunder said...

further,

4) you are totally right about GW, of course. plus, he goes around killin' for fun.

5) a Huey Lewis reference? honestly?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with Jack. Bringing Huey Lewis into this is just in bad taste. I think Clark Kent is too good to be interesting, but if he could spin the world 'round to a time before Huey Lewis came on the scene, I'd be very happy.
Lulu

michael said...

Hello,
We are researchers at the University of Texas working to better understand people's blogging behavior, and you are an ideal candidate to help. We would like very much to hear from you, and would greatly appreciate your time and
willingness to respond.

Without your help, this kind of research would be impossible.

Please take a few minutes to read and answer the questionnaire on our research Web site: http://omega.uta.edu/~cyjang/blogsurvey/. It should take about 10 minutes of your time, and your answers will be very valuable.

Your identity will be protected because responses will be coded to provide
anonymity; No personal names will be used. Of course, this is voluntary- by completing the survey you give your consent to participate. If you have any questions about the study or the questionnaire, please do not hesitate contacting us at your convenience. In the near future, we will be happy to share our results
with you.

Thank you.

Chyng-Yang Jang & Michael Stefanone

Chyng-Yang Jang & Michael Stefanone
Assistant Professors
Department of Communication
University of Texas at Arlington
PO Box 19107
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: +1 817-272-4142; +1 817-272-0735
Email cyjang AT uta DOT edu; stefanone AT uta DOT edu