Friday, June 21, 2013

Batman, the child who never grow up.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke.  Batman might be the only superhero with absolutely no real power. His love for justice came after the death of his parents as a young boy, using his rage to become a super masked vigilante, turning his anger into something positive. “Violent Media Is Good for Kids” by Gerard Jones writes about children and their struggle to balance out how to control themselves in and out of public, how to control emotions, and in a way right from wrong like Bruce Wayne. Gerard Jones speaks of the parents and teachers who sees the things other parents do not see in their child such as violent acts of play fight.   At that very moment of Bruce Wayne’s parents deaths it sparked something deep down inside of him that would one day mold into Batman, the knight of the night. The Adventure story aimed for kids gave the kids a role model to look up to by the strong messages that the comics was giving off teaching the audience these foundations of human nature.
I agree with Gerard Jones using Bruce Wayne as my reason why, that his childhood gave him emotional scars, rage along with depression but yet he turned out to be a great man, he did not let this trauma turn him into the bad guy. In “King Solomon's Mines” by H. Rider Haggard the adventure story for kids looked at Allan Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good as The Avengers or The Fantastic Four in the eyes of the British youth, going out and doing amazing things a child could only “play fight” about. As parents we want to give our kids the play time they need to act out their fantasy identity otherwise some of us like Bruce Wayne will prolong this fantasy unknowing when we will outgrow this fantacy.  In KSM Quatermain was pushing messages of hate to kids. A good comic book should have positive messages. If you look at todays comic books these lessens are clear, good vs evil not color vs. color or gender vs. gender. This is a message that kids are reading. Not all media is going to be positive but in the eyes of a child it is unclear whether they will see the symbolism or the advenure that they are reading. I hope for KSM sace, they see the fun part without picking up on the negative parts.

9 comments:

  1. Interesting thoughts, Brad, but you're not really answering the question. I think you get lost by bringing superheroes into the mix. I agree, Allan Quatermain would have been a king of superhero in is day, but you're using superheroes to explain King Solomon's Mines instead of using "Violent Media is Good for Kids" to explain King Solomon's Mines.

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    1. OK, i'll fix it right now......In King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard makes his characters Allen Quatermain, Sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good gives the natives fantacy identity that they are from the stars, tricking the community into spearing there lives. Much like in "Violent Media is Good for Kids" by Gerard Jones kids play fight with a fantacy identity such as characters from "Sailor Moon," gives the kids power over the rest of the kids. Giving thier piers a show or a "play fight". This audince gives the child who is "play fighting" a positive way to make friends and channel emotions, energy, or acts of violence. In this case the child has boundies and guidince unlike our heros in K.S.M or Bruce Wayne, with the lost of his parents he never grow out of his fantacy identity that is Batman but the child who Gerard Jones helps ended up bringing people together at the end. Could this be foreshadowing Allen Qautermans and the gangs death?

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    2. Better, but you're still analyzing Batman and Sailor Moon more than KSM :-/

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  3. Violent Media is Good for Kids because it lets thier imagination grow?

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    1. That's great, but does that make KSM good for kids? Why or why not? That's the analysis.

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  4. No, KSM is not good for kids, all though kids wouldn't see or understand the themes or issues it is giving off I do not believe kids should read KSM. The issues are very contravorsal. I enjoyed reading KSM until certain messages started to get stronger such as the racism, sexism, along with other themes I can't think of at the moment but its there and sending these messages as straight forward as KSM kids will have a negative self-conscious effect on it. This will show later in life.

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