Monday, June 24, 2013

Superheroes Help To Save A Kids Day

    Many times kids refer to comic books ergo their favorite superheroes to help get through their problems by creating a "fantasy self". By creating a fantasy self they are able to take their problems face on just like the Superheroes in comic books and not be fearful of their social problems. In "Violent Media is Good for Kids" by Gerard Jones, he states, "The dual-identity concept at the heart of many superhero stories helps kids negotiate the conflicts between the inner self and the public self as they work through the early stages of socialization. Identification with a rebellious, even destructive, hero helps children learn to push back against a modern culture that cultivates fear and teaches dependency". A hero is basically a role model and in the public's eye people want to do everything just like that role model figure to help them over come fear and it allows them to do things they wouldn't do with their public self.
    Another interesting point Gerard Jones makes is that children have rage that they need to let out."Rage can be an energizing emotion, a shot of courage to push us to resist greater threats, take more control, than we ever thought we could." (574, Jones) The violence in the comic books helps children control their rage. By reading these comic books or using these "creative violence" such as bloody videogames & playground karate they are able to release their rage instead of expressing their rage in a wrong manner. It also helps them because by pretending to be a superhero they gain a lot more confidence to deal with the real world just like their favorite superhero being able to have confidence to fight off these villainous characters.
    In "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard the heroic figure in this novel would be Allan Quatermain. He would be the "superhero" the children would want to be if he was in a comic book. Through all the violence and the struggles Allan Quatermain has to come across, such as going through half a dessert with no water to drink, he always seem to have a clear mind and is always pushing further so he can help complete the task in helping to find Sir Henry Curtis Brother.
    In conclusion I certaintly agree with Gerard Jones theory that violence is good for children. If used in the right way it can show them that they can be confident, strong, socially competent and self controlled. They also are able to "conquer the feelings of powerlessness". (574, Jones) On that note I leave you with a quote. " When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood." (577, Jones)


  1. Late!

    Great summary! I'd still like to see a bit stronger of a connection to KSM, but not a bad post!

  2. Although i completely disagree with the idea of violent media being good for kids, i loved how u gave a basic definition of what it means to be a hero rather than bragging on about superman. the problems that we face today is maintaining this good social status. Ex: if someone sees a friend or classmate in harm with bullies, they might not wanna be the person taking the first step thinking it'll have some effect on their reputation. All in all, i loved how u put the effort into mentioning how these heroes causes them to take that extra step they usually would do in the public eye.

    1. Thanks to me the idea of a child acting as an superhero makes them more confident in themselves to overcome anything that's thrown at them. These comics aren't that violent. The superheroes are basically being "violent" to save their city or the people they love and when children see that they get more influenced by them. But that's just my opinion.