Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Wil Wheaton demonstrates the liberal identitarian's obliviousness to class

My name is Wil Wheaton. I Live With Chronic Depression and Generalized Anxiety. I Am Not Ashamed has important things to say about mental illness, but it also has this:
as a white, heterosexual, cisgender man in America, I live life on the lowest difficulty setting — with the Celebrity cheat enabled
It's the standard identitarian list that straight white male neoliberals feel obliged to cite, but what's striking to this socialist is the list doesn't include class. Wheaton wasn't a poor white kid—his mom was an actress and his dad was a medical specialist. But class is not a privilege that matters to identitarians, so when they talk of checking privilege, that one gets a pass.

Monday, October 7, 2019

The point of a bourgeois ideology

The point of a bourgeois ideology is to make rich people feel good about doing little or nothing to help the poor. In Europe, this was originally done with institutional Christianity and Judaism. As the rich grew more skeptical, liberal philosophy filled the niche. Currently this is handled by left identitarianism, which does all it can to keep social identities in the intersection and class out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Birds of Prey creator controversy, or Why team creators may deserve more credit than creators of individual characters

There will be a Birds of Prey movie, but currently, the creators of the team won't get any money or prominent credit because they didn't create the members of the team.

But in the history of comics, teams have often been more important than their members. This is most obvious with the X-Men and the Doom Patrol, whose individual members change, but the team continues, and with the possible exception of Wolverine, the team is more important than any of the members.

This also applies to the Fantastic Four. The members may not change, but alone, they're nothing special. The Human Torch is based on the 1940s Human Torch, Mr. Fantastic is a pale version of Plastic Man, the Thing is a variant of characters like the Heap, and Invisible Woman is a sex-changed Invisible Man. What makes the comic work is the team.

This applies to the Justice Society, the Justice League, and the Avengers. The line-up is less important than the team. As a kid, I didn't buy the comics of all the members of the Justice League or the Avengers, but I always bought the Justice League and the Avengers because I loved the teams.

A good team is not just a collection of characters. It is its own character, a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Its name matters. Its origin story matters. Its nature matters--is it a family, a business, an association of equals, a group with leaders and followers or teachers or students?

The creators of Birds of Prey deserve the first credit on the movie.