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    Batman or Superman: How do their moral values affect the youth of today?

    Analyze the aspects that make Batman and Superman inspiring, and then aim to understand which of these aspects could be beneficia, and which may be harmful. For example, Batman is one of the most self disciplined characters of all time, but at the same time, he goes against the law and constantly breaks the rules. How much of this should youth today aspire to be like?

    • I believe in order to better understand and determine the moral values of both Superman and Batman, there has to be a set universe parameter. Is this an analysis of the cannon comic book versions, alternate universe versions, or the cinematic versions? I feel that anything from the movies and television shows have some influence directly from the comic books, and draw off of the source material. Therefore for a strong argument for discussing who has the moral high ground and how that relates to today's youth. – BigSam78 3 years ago

    The differences between the DC and Marvel cinematic Universes and why we care so much

    Since the two companies became huge competitors in the comic book industry, DC and Marvel have split fandoms and caused many heated debates among their followings. Why is this? Why do people swear that Zach Snyder films are terrible and say Superman is a boring character, and than praise the Marvel movies? Are there biases involved? Do DC movies simply not put enough jokes in them? Why all the hate? And is there any hope that it will be acceptable to enjoy DC movies as well as marvel movies? I would like the person who picks this topic up to discover first the differences between these two franchises, and then talk about how these differences play out into the Cinematic Universes.

    • You wrote: "Do DC movies simply not put enough jokes in them?" Maybe it's not just the presence/absence of jokes but rather the type of humor used? For me, there's definitely a streak of camp and self-awareness in many of the Marvel movies that is not present in the DC movies. – JamesBKelley 3 years ago

    The Social Stigma of Adult Comic Book Reading

    Examine the negative association between comic book readers and adults. Is it still seen as childish? Have comic books been viewed any differently in the past decade? How can this social stigma change, and does it even need to change?

    • This is an interesting topic. I took a class on comic books, and funnily enough, there were books written about why comic books are not only unsuitable for children, but undermining society because the content is too lurid--basically claims similar to contemporary arguments against video games. It's intriguing to see how the stigma has shifted, and comics are still a misunderstood medium. A book to research for whoever takes this is Fredric Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, which argues that comic books cause young people to cause more crimes. Such claims within range from saying female nudity is only there to obscure gay relationships (a homophobic argument) to stating Superman is a fascist (highly questionable). – Emily Deibler 4 years ago
    • I bumped into someone who said he doesn't read comic books, he reads graphic novels. And he doesn't watch cartoons, he watches Anime. I thought this was an effort to avoid being classified as being interested in childish things. – DrTestani 4 years ago
    • Agreed. Graphic novels are hugs and a good example is Maus by Art Speigelman. – Munjeera 4 years ago
    • I think more and more of mainstream society is losing the image of comic-book reading as a childish thing, no doubt due to the humongous pull of comic- book movies. I think we've made huge progress in the last ten years. – J.P. Shiel 4 years ago
    • In defense of the adult reader, I'd discuss the fact that lots of comic books are not even written for children and delve into deeper, darker content matter that might not be addressed in any other format.Someone else mentioned this book above, but The Washington Post said that Art Spiegelman's "Maus" was "impossible to achieve in any medium but comics." They are a storytelling tool like any other.Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's "Sex Criminals" for instance, is a lighter, and yet equally adult comic not for the eyes of children. – RjWignall 4 years ago
    • I think perhaps the writer of this topic should discuss the imaginary boundary between comics and graphic novels many people try creating to distance themselves from the "childish" content of comics, as DrTestani mentions above. It might serve as a good foundation for one's arguments/explanations. The writer could even discuss the emergence of underground comix around the 1960s/70s - comics exclusively targeting and specifically created with an adult, mature audience in mind. It certainly distorts the idea that comics are made only for a younger audience. The discussion of the changing tone in superhero comics might also be useful. One can see this in The Dark Knight and Watchmen, which deliberately subvert a lot of the expected content of superheroes in comics - in order to attract an older, mature audience. – karebear7 3 years ago

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    Hey Cotton, as a psychology major, your question is something I’ve come across before. Why is it that young adults, mainly 20 somethings, seem to be suffering from this disorder? Alas, this is too big of a question to be answered in just a few sentences. But to summarize my ideas on the topic, I believe that through social media, electronics, and a growing need to be accepted, young adults are constantly being exposed to the harsh opinions, realities, and ideas that come when a world is shrunk down to fit inside a cellular phone. Not only is our personal life stressful, but now we take on the stress of others and the world around us. Studies have shown that we live in an “age of anxiety” and it seems to be linked with the current “age of technology” as well. Hope this helps.

    What Batman can Teach Us About Depression

    A Batman poem, who would have thought?? Thanks so much for this.

    What Batman can Teach Us About Depression

    You are right Ellen. The comic in which I read these combined these two stories and it wasn’t until very recently that I realized this. Thanks for keeping me honest!

    What Batman can Teach Us About Depression

    He sure is inspirational! Another super hero that inspires me is Green Lantern. Maybe sometime when you feel down you should pick up a GL comic book!

    What Batman can Teach Us About Depression

    I really enjoyed this article. It made me realize how I too fell into the hole of only knowing The Big 3 Shakespeare plays. This was an enlightening article. I’d like to know some ideas you have on how we might incorporate these other stories into our schools!

    The Obscure Shakespeare

    You actually cited your sources!!! Good job on that. I also enjoyed this read and appreciated your knowledge of Star Wars lore. Keep it up.

    Star Wars: How The Prequel Trilogy Enhances The Force Awakens

    I enjoyed your article. The bits of humor I caught onto were a good addition to a solid read. I do wish you had elaborated more on the significance of Superman coming back, but I understand that this piece wasn’t purely about S v. B.

    Gosh, the Main Character Is Dead!? So, When Do They Come Back?

    This was a very interesting read. Morals is becoming a trickier subject to talk about in today’s world as everyone is constantly forming their own opinion. I really thought you had an in depth discussion on the topic! However, there were a few points I thought you could have elaborated on. You would say something interesting and then move on. Overall though, it was a good study.

    Superhero Villains and their Struggle with Morality