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On the Dangers of Taking this Shit too Seriously

July 8, 2011

I think Batman is a perfect example of the American perspective law enforcement and incarceration. He’s a billionaire, but rather than spend his money on funding social programs, he uses it to create unnecessarily advanced weaponry and surveillance equipment to fight “crime”. He beats up poor people, and focuses on psychopathic, but ultimately inconsequential spectacle-villains to the exclusion of real and important social and political problems. He literally invented the revolving door prison system. His prison of choice, Arkham, is the poster child for the nation’s dysfunctional warehousing and solitary confinement of the mentally ill. He’s the metaphor for our society’s addiction to flashy anti-crime policies in lieu of well thought out economic planning and fair income distribution.

But this is too much:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. PapushiSun permalink
    July 8, 2011 10:05 pm

    I don’t understand why people keep flagging up this video as if it’s saying anything new. The arguments against Batman (and it’s always Batman, probably because he has no superpowers other than being insanely rich), that you summarised in a paragraph, were made years ago.

    • Jaime Omar Yassin permalink*
      July 8, 2011 10:07 pm

      You’re right. That was the point. Sometimes we take these discussions of representational metaphor a bit too serious. It’s sometimes just an excuse to geek out about the obvious. It is a funny video, though.

      • PapushiSun permalink
        July 8, 2011 10:14 pm

        Funny, but the kiss was predictable. Anyone who’s been in a heated discussion with a member of the opposite sex will be familiar with the sexual tension that builds up.

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